Actress Angel Locsin shared her thoughts on the effects of the community quarantine imposed by the government on the working-class Filipinos.
On a Facebook post, Locsin said that people were forced to go outside despite fears of having COVID-19 because they’re still required to work for their daily needs.
According to her, people are not going outside of their homes anymore if the government could only assure that they’re going to get sufficient financial support during the whole period of the community quarantine.
She also suggested suspending the due date of utility bills and bank loans without any additional interest or penalties imposed on their consumers.
Locsin also hoped that the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is going to shoulder the expenses of possible COVID-19 patients.
Before ending her post, she also thanked the front-liners of COVID-19.
She also posted several photos taken on Monday during the second day of the community quarantine, showing how people are facing inconvenience and were forced to disregard social distancing because of lack of public transporation.
You can read her post below:
“Sa gitna po ng paglaganap ng CoVid19, walang sinoman na nasa matinong pag-iisip ang magnanais na lumabas sa matataong lugar para mahawa at makahawa ng sakit. Alam natin na importante ang social distancing at proper hygiene pero hindi po ito sasapat kung may mga kababayan tayo na kelangang maghanapbuhay bawat-araw para makakain at matustusan ang mga basic needs ng pamilya gaya ng pambayad sa renta, kuryente, tubig, at iba pa. Marami rin po sa kanila ay mga contractual workers, mga self-employed, maliliit na manininda na walang tiyak na kita sa araw-araw at baon sa utang.
Kung matitiyak lang po sana ng ating pamahalaan na may financial support para sa kanila, hindi nila kelangang sumugal sa labas. Malaking bagay din kung may temporary stop on amortizations and loans o kahit pagtanggal sa interest & penalties. Sana rin ay magbigay ng consideration ang mga kumpanya ng basic utilities like kuryente at tubig bilang kawang-gawa sa mga mahihirap na apektado ng dislocation sa trabaho.
And also, I hope Philhealth will shoulder treatment for those who have CoVid19.
Maraming salamat po sa ating mga public officials, pulis, military, etc na gumagawa at nagpapatupad ng batas para po sa kaligtasan natin. Maraming salamat rin po sa mga totoong IDOL, ang ating mga walang kapagurang health workers.
Kaya natin ‘to,”
Thousand of Filipino workers were affected by the community quarantine being imposed by the government in Metro Manila.
Recently, President Duterte already asked the private companies to help its workers by giving them their 13th-month pay earlier or half of their monthly salary.
The government also extended its community quarantine in the whole of Luzon Island, suspending all kinds of mass transportation.