Vice President Leni Robredo made a comment about the reaction of the people of Capas, Tarlac after they were informed about the last-minute decision of the national government to bring the repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from China to New Clark City.
Residents and even the local government unit (LGU) of Capas previously opposed the idea of the government, citing concerns that they might get infected as the Athlete’s Village in NCC is only kilometers away to the nearest community in the said municipality.
According to Robredo, the reason why the people of Capas opposed the government is because of the lack of consultation.
She compared the reaction of the Capas residents to the response of the people of Marawi City when the government announced that they’re going to rehabilitate the war-torn city.
It can be remembered that Marawi residents also claimed that they were not consulted by the government about their plan.
“Iyon din iyong tingin ko na parati tayong nagkukulang. Kahit sa Marawi, ganoon din, eh. Na sana kahit anong gagawin sa lugar mo, kailangan ikaw iyong unang kokonsultahin kasi ikaw iyong may responsibility na mag-explain sa mga tao, ikaw iyong may responsibility na siguruhin na safe iyong lugar,” Robredo said.
Robredo urged the government not to do the same mistake again.
“Talagang iyon iyong pakiusap natin sa national government agencies na bago magdedesisyon na mai-involve iyong LGU, parating kokonsultahin muna iyong LGU officials,” she said.
At first, Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan and other officials of Capas opposed the idea, but after a meeting with the officials from the national government, the LGU finally decided to allow the OFWs to stay in NCC for 14 days.
However, they set a condition that the batch sent by the government should be the first and last, and the national government should allow a representative from Capas LGU to supervise the quarantine period.