Creativity, ingenuity

March 31, 2020

These two Filipino traits would be our greatest life preservers in these perilous times.

We survived countless natural calamities and mana-made disasters because of our survival instincts.

But wed did not only survived them all – we prevailed over the greatest threats to our way of life.

Withuot a doubt, this is a gift that must be nurtured not only now but into the future.

As the nation’s resources are stretched to the limit to meet the requirements in the battle against the 2019 coronavirus disease, common sense or pragmatism must be basic operating principle into the remaining days of the enhanced community quarantine.

The Filipino ability to adapt and survive amid adversity, colloquially known as diskarte is solving the lack of personal protective equipment for medical frontliners fighting to stop the spread of Covid-19, Sen. Imee Marcos said.

Marcos urged the Departments of health and Trade and Industry to speed up approval of a PPE prototype submitted by the garment exports industry, whose 300,000 workers are ready to augment the country's short supply of Es amid a global shortage in medical equipment.

The PPE prototype's approval would mean continued employment for garment workers in Taytay and give hope to more sewers in Cavite and other garment-producing communities in the country, Marcos added.

"Diskarteng Pinoy ang pag-asa natin para makaahon at malampasan anglay isis dulot ng COVID-19. Walang mangyayari sa atin kung lagi lang tayo maghihintay ng suplay o donasyon galing sa ibang bansa," She explained.

The lady lawmaker, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, said that funding industries badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and helping them adapt their production to crucially needed goods is part of the coping mechanisms of the P750-billion "Pag-ASA: Alaga, Sustento, Angat" program that she proposed via Senate Bill 1414.

She lso said that the government can ensure a more reliable supply of food and other basic goods if it does not burden suppliers with documentary requirements and instead allow "substantial compliance."

"Luwagan na ang red tape para mapabilis ang daloy ng pagkain at mga kinakailangang medical supplies. Ang bigas, gulay, poultry na manggagaling sa Norte dapat binibyahe na papuntang Metro Manila," Marcos added.

Meanwhile, Sen. Nancy Binay has appealed to members of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines to donate pillows and beddings and other essentials to designated Covid-19 quarantine centers amid halted production of bedding essentials due to the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine throughout Luzon.

“The hospitals and quarantine centers are already too overwhelmed and preoccupied. Broadly speaking, the TCP can be the backline in this fight against Covid-19 by giving out soaps, donating pillows and linens, and other accessories to our quarantine centers,” Binay said.  

The chairperson of the Senate Committee on Tourism said that due to the halted production of bedding essentials, TCP is now in a unique position to help and complement hospitals and local quarantine centers.

“They have the backbone in providing viable solutions to quarantine challenges at this very critical time. They are definitely well-equipped to deal with the issue of hygiene. Even donating soap can already spell hope," Binay said.

The lawmaker said she is optimistic that many establishments would answer the call for help, even if the tourism industry is also taking a massive hit due to the global pandemic.

“This would require sacrifice on the part of the private sector, pero naniniwala akong marami sa mga partners natin sa Tourism Congress, but I believe that many of our partners in the TCP are willing to help and do everything possible for us to survive this crisis,” Binay said.

The TCP is the government's private sector counterpart created under the Tourism Act of 2009 (RA 9593). TCP represents tourism establishments like hotels, resorts, theme parks, travel and tour operators and other stakeholders in the country's tourism industry.