AMID the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, Sen. Richard J. Gordon called for unity and cooperation to ensure victory against the disease, which has already affected numerous countries in all the continents, as well as their economies.
“Dapat ang resolve ng buong bansa, we must rally around the flag, we must rally around our country, wala munang pulitika at gawin natin lahat ng magagawa natin para matalo natin itong salot na dumating sa mundo. Stop focusing on what others are doing and start asking yourself, ‘what can I do to help?’ ‘Yan po ay kaya nating gawin. Don’t be a weak link. We have a gargantuan problem in our midst, it will need all our help and cooperation. Today, kailangan natin masabi ito, we must beat the virus. Fight (COVID-19) we must, win we must.,” he said.
Gordon said the government and its concerned agencies should be allowed to do their job and the people should cooperate by staying inside their homes to prevent the further spread of the disease.
“If we work together as a people, at ang liderato natin ay gumagalaw, mananalo tayo sa labang ito. Hindi ngayon ang panahon ng sisihan at bangayan because everyone is already overwhelmed. Let’s not add to the problems, let’s offer solutions instead. Can’t our country be no. 1 sa pagtutulungan imbes na no.1 sa pagsisisihan. When all this is done, we will have all the time in the world para sa sisihan at sumbatan. And when that happens, wouldn’t you want to be on the side of those who helped rather than those na nanumbat at nanisi?” he said.
The senator also pointed out that with people forced to stay inside their homes, concerned agencies such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), could offer learning programs through television or the internet to enable people to learn new skills during the enforced confinement.
“We must make sure na kahit nasa bahay ang mga tao, magkaroon ng pagkakataon na makapag-aral sila, ang TESDA pwede sigurong magkaroon ng program sa TV para matuto sila na makapag-bake, makapag-gupit o makapag-anuman para sa gayon meron tayong mapupuntahan pagkatapos nitong krisis na ito,” he said.
“Gamitin natin ang internet sa makabuluhang paraan gaya ng pagsali sa mga libreng online seminars o workshops gaya ng free online scriptwriting workshop ng award-winning na screenwriter at novelist na si Ricky Lee. I’m sure marami pang ibang ganyan na pwedeng salihan para magkaroon ng karagdagang skills tulad ng mga gumagawa ng washable face masks, face shields, PPEs, at acrylic shield boxes o ‘yung mga nagdedeliver ng pagkain sa mga barangays and frontliners,” Gordon added.