Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said on Friday (Feb. 26) that medical frontliners are much needed than politicians amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need you more than politicians. Doctors, nurses, and medical frontliners, mas kailangan yan ng tao kesa kami (The people need them over us),” Domagoso said during his visit to the University of Santo Toma’s (UST) Faculty of Medicine and Surgery on Friday (Feb. 26).
Domagoso added that the planned face-to-face classes on selected medical programs would result in the production of new medical professionals.
“Doctors and nurses ang pinakamahalagang propesyon sa kinakaharap ng tao, ng syudad, ng bansa, at ng mundo ngayon (are the most important professions for the people, the city, the country, and the world today) so we will produce,” he said.
The local chief executive believed that UST has the ability to resume the face-to-face classes on the selected medical programs while strictly following the health protocols mandated by the government.
On February 3, the city government allowed UST to conduct limited face-to-face classes for its medical and allied health science programs.
“I believe in you. I trust you, UST. I hope you will not fail me because you were the first in the country who applied and given the first approval of the local government of the City of Manila,” Domagoso said.
“So if the City of Manila in the song ‘Maynila, Maynila dalhin mo ang bandila,’ I think UST can do the same for the country,” he added.
Domagoso assured that the city government will extend assistance on swab testing for the students and professors of UST.
“Pumanatag kayo na kahit hindi kayo taga-Maynila basta dito kayo nagtatrabaho, your city will take care of you and we’ll do it here para hindi na kayo maabala (Please be assured that even if you are not from Manila, as long as you work here, your city will take care of you and we’ll do it here so that you will not be disturbed),” he said.
“I want to show that this is the capital of the country, the window of opportunity, and this is now our window of opportunity to show the excellence of UST’s Faculty of Medicine,” the Mayor added.