The Board Member of the 6th Provincial District of Cavite slammed the national government for only appearing on television while at the same time, passing the responsibilities to the Local Government Units (LGUs) in handling the COVID-19 crisis.
In a Facebook post on March 28, Board Member Kerby Salazar criticized the Department of Health (DOH) and other national government agencies for passing the burden to the LGUs.
Salazar slammed DOH probably because of its decision to reject the COVID-19 testing center owned by Marikina City despite the need for its residents to be tested from the virus.
He was also saddened that people are still afraid to criticize the government regardless of what’s happening in the country right now.
“Nakakalungkot po na sa kabila ng pinagdadaanan ng ating Bansa, takot pa din magsalita ang karamihan.” Salazar said.
“Andaming bayan ang gustong gusto na magconduct at magprocure ng Test Kits para sa mga Kababayan nila. Pero ano? Kumusta naman ang DOH? Decline and disapprove pa more?” he added.
The board member also lectured the national government, saying that the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines may not happen if they decided to issue a travel restriction to China earlier.
He also took a swipe to some officials who only did was to appear on television and to pass the responsibilities to the captains and mayors without ensuring if the LGUs have enough funds to feed their constituents.
It can be remembered that President Duterte ordered barangay captains and other local officials via televised address to distribute help to their people.
“Lalabas kayo sa TV pero ang gagawin niyo lang ipapasa ang responsibilidad ng pagpapakain sa lahat ng tao sa mga Kapitan at Mayor. Ginagalit niyo pa ang mga mamamayan imbes na magbigay kayo ng maayos na updates on how to best flatten the curve o di kaya maisaayos ang problema. May ibinaba ho ba kayong Ayuda sa mga Lokal na Pamahalaan na hindi sapat ang kakayahan na tugunan ang pangangailangan ng kanilang nasasakupan?” he said.
“Sana noong may 3 Chinese Nationals from Wuhan, na nagpositive sa #COVID19 nagpatravel ban na po kayo. Yun naman po ang hiniling naming mga Kababayan niyo noong panahon na yun. Diba?” he added.
Before ending his post, he said that criticizing is also part of the solution to the COVID-19 crisis.