PRESIDENT Duterte completes today the first 45 months of his 72-month presidency, with “Diskarteng Pinoy” emerging as a key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus in the Philippines.
In fact, various quarters concede that front liners, particularly medical doctors, nurses and military/police/barangay authorities manning checkpoints, lack personal protective equipment (PPE).
And now Senator Imee R. Marcos claims that the ability of the Filipino people to adapt and survive amid adversity, known as “diskarte,” is seen to address the shortage of PPEs in the country.
“Diskarteng Pinoy ang pag-asa natin para…malampasan ang krisis dulot ng COVID-19. Walang mangyayari sa atin kung lagi na lang tayong maghihintay ng supply o donasyong galing sa ibang bansa,” said Marcos.
Ms. Marcos said 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 under her proposed program.
Senate Bill (SB) No. 1414 calls for the implementation of a P750-billion “Pag-asa: Alaga, Diskarte, Angat” program.
The lady senator urged the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to speed up the approval of a PPE prototype submitted by the garment export industry.
The garment industry, with some 300,000 workers, is ready to augment the country’s short supply of PPEs as COVID-19 victimizes more and more people in the Philippines and elsewhere.
Likewise, the PPE prototype’s approval will mean continued employment for garment workers in Taytay, giving hope to sewers in other garment-producing communities in the country.
Thus, the DOH and the DTI, headed by Secretaries Francisco Duque III and Ramon Lopez, respectively, should waste no time in approving the garment export industry’s PPE prototype.