By Chito A. Chavez
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Friday paid tribute to the millions of workers who have contributed to the country’s development but are currently in agony amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
In her Labor Day message, CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia gave the ultimate credit to all workers who remain undaunted to continue to perform their duties in the face of extreme dangers during the health crisis.
She commended the nurses, doctors, hospital workers, and scientists for spending endless hours in their workplaces and having to make the supreme sacrifice of being away from their families in the name of public service.
De Guia said they are the ones caring for the COVID-19 patients, ensuring the cleanliness of the health facilities, and spending countless hours in the laboratories in an effort to come up with the vaccine or cure for the virus.
She likewise saluted the farmers, fisherfolk, factory workers, drivers, delivery crews and other frontliners from the private and public sector for offering their service during this crisis.
Citing their huge contributions while putting their lives at risk, De Guia said the CHR also recognizes their needs during these dire times.
De Guia noted the increasing number of COVID-19 fatalities in the medical sector due to the scarcity of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other relevant gears.
She also stressed the importance for the government to focus on their wellness and psychological needs with the soaring number of COVID-19 patients under their care.
De Guia added that there are workers who are unsure of their future, especially those hand-to mouth and daily wage earners, including those where work from home is impossible.
Due to the hard times and extreme necessities, De Guia said some are forced to break quarantine rules just to earn a living and be able to feed their families.
De Guia said Filipinos, especially the lowly workers, are feeling the brunt of being out of work for more than a month already – the extreme difficulty made more pronounced by the dangers posed by the pandemic.