By Ellson A. Quismorio
A Mindanao congressman is prodding the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to help set up express lanes that would cater to the front line workers of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.
“We note that there’s a couple of stores doing this already. Let’s make it nationwide,” said Agusan del Norte 1st district Rep. Lawrence Fortun, a member of the House Minority Bloc.
“That way our frontliners who are exhausted from their extremely challenging tasks will have more time to rest and rejuvenate,” he noted.
He said local governments may also ask stores to give discounts to the frontliners, especially the health workers and those manning checkpoints.
The front line workers–who are being hailed as heroes during this pandemic–would only have to present their work identification cards to avail of the proposed courtesy lane and discounts.
“These are simple ways we can collectively show our nation’s gratitude for their courage and sacrifice as they do battle against COVID-19,” said the lawyer-solon.
Fortun further suggested that this benefit be made transferable upon the frontliner’s discretion.
“If the frontliners cannot do their own grocery shopping because they need to rest, they can assign someone else in their household to do the errand,” he said.
Fortun said Filipinos could also express their thanks to frontliners by giving them “an appreciative clap, a courteous bow, a cheerful smile, an eager hand wave, and making way for them in long lines.”
“Our frontliners carry heavy burdens. They always have and especially so in this pandemic. Every simple gesture matters,” he said.