House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda on Monday, March 29, reiterated her call for the public to strictly abide by the health protocls and guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) against Emerging Infectious Disease as the number of COVID-19 cases surge past 10,000.
Legarda said the remarkable increase in the daily positivity rate of COVID-19 cases — at 10,016 cases as of Monday — should serve as a warning to all Filipinos on the need to be vigilant and not complacent.
“Our unseen enemy that has cost lives and crippled our livelihoods is still in our midst. The pandemic has devastated our economies and unfortunately, even highlighted inequalities among our people,” Legarda said in a statement.
“I encourage Filipinos to abide by the rules of the local government units (LGUs) in the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and adhere to the health protocols and guidelines to prevent the further spread of the virus,” she further appealed.
The former senator stressed that tackling the pandemic and its impact require combined efforts from the national government, the local government units (LGUs), private sector, health experts and the citizens.
While the one-week implementation of the ECQ could take a heavy toll on the daily lives of the marginalized and vulnerable communities, Legarda said this intervention may help mitigate the rising number of positive cases in the Philippines and fast track the country’s economy back to recovery.
However, she said she hopes that upon the implementation of the ECQ, the government is ready to provide social support and protection to the marginalized communities especially in the National Capital Region (NCR) and greater Manila area.
“We have to maintain strong community engagements and promote transparent communications to provide our people the assurance that their basic needs would be taken care of even while their movements are restricted,” she said.
The government placed Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna under a one-week ECQ to curb the rising number of coronavirus cases.
The new infections recorded on Monday pushed up the total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines to 731,894; 115,495 of which are active cases, while deaths are at 13,186.