Time to act

March 25, 2020

THE Filipino people support moves by the two-chamber Congress to halt the spread of the dreaded coronavirus, which has killed over 8,800 people and infected more than 200,000 people worldwide.

With the mushrooming number of Filipinos afflicted with the disease, our lawmakers okayed the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” granting President Duterte the authority to urgently address the problem.

The proposed legislation gives the government the mechanism and resources that it needs to cope with the national health emergency, which prompted Duterte to place Luzon under community quarantine.

Of course, there are checks and balances stipulated in the bill to prevent abuse and corruption.

And nobody will argue with House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano when he called on the country’s leaders to work together, setting aside politics if we are to win the war against the coronavirus disease.

A former member of the Senate, Cayetano issued the call knowing full well that we are going to face many, many long days in the coming weeks unless we set aside politics and work in unison.

The House also set up an ad hoc panel, called Defeat COVID-19 Committee (DCC), co-chaired by Majority Leader Martin Romualdez of Leyte, which will collaborate with the Oversight Committee.

The DCC will do a lot of work from home, holding meetings on line through the use of digital communications, according to Speaker Cayetano.

Certainly, what the people, particularly the poor and other unfortunate members of Philippine society, are awaiting is when the nation’s leaders will set aside their political and other differences.

As proposed by Speaker Cayetano, Filipinos ought to find a way together as a nation to be able to win the total war against the invisible and deadly enemy, which is the coronavirus disease .