By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases urged the public to honor health workers and frontliners sacrificing their lives to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by joining other Filipinos from their doorways and windows in applauding the modern day heroes every 5 p.m. starting on April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan.
In his Wednesday virtual press conference, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also said the public may take a modern approach by sharing videos honoring the frontliners via Facebook, Instagram, or even the TikTok app.
“Napakalaki po ng hinihingi ng taumbayan sa ating mga frontliners; paulit-ulit natin sinasabi––at hindi tayo magsasawang sabihin––na sila ay tunay na bayani (We ask for a lot of things from our frontliners and we will never get tired of saying that they are the real heroes),” he said.
“It is only appropriate, therefore, that tomorrow, on National Heroes Day, we honor all of them with a simple gesture of gratitude that we hope to carry on for the duration of the ECQ. Every day, beginning tomorrow, we urge our countrymen to go to their doorways or their windows to applaud the medical workers, police, military, skeletal work forces from the private and private sectors, LGU employees distributing relief goods, and the members of the media,” he added.
“Pwede tayo kumanta o sumayaw para sa ating frontliners para ipakita natin ang pagmamahal natin sa kanila, at mapadalhan natin ng “good vibes” sa napaka-challenging na panahong ito (We can sing or dance so we can show our love for our frontliners and send them some good vibes in these challenging times),” Nograles said.
The Palace official also thanked celebrities and other artists for making use of their talents to raise funds or create makeshift personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the frontliners.
“Artists at designer na ginagamit ang kanilang mga talento para lumikha ng mga makeshift PPE para sa ating mga medical frontliners. May mga mang-aawit na nagfu-fundraising campaign sa Facebook; pinakita nila na kung may work from home, may concert from home din (We have artists and designers creating makeshift PPE for our medical frontliners. There are singers holding fundraisers in Facebook, showing that if there is work-from-home, there is also concert-from-home),” Nograles said.
“These are just some shining examples of generosity that have been displayed during these trying times,” he added.
Nograles also lauded the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel who have been on the front lines of the government’s efforts to keep the public safe and secure for giving more than their fair share by donating a certain percentage of their respective base pays for the month of May.
AFP spokesman Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said the deductions that will be donated will be equitable according to rank.
“AFP Chief-of-Staff General Felimon Santos, Jr., will give the biggest contribution of P10,484, while the AFP’s lowest ranking soldiers––privates, airmen, or apprentice seamen––will be donating P100,” Nograles said.
“Since their salaries for the month of April are already out for payment, the donation, deductible from their base pays for the month of May, will be available by the 3rd week of April,” he added.