Pandemic info campaign gaining support

ANOTHER House committee joined the campaign “It’s a Mask” to help disseminate information and encourage people to observe safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).   

The House committee on economic affairs chaired by AAMBIS-OWA Rep. Sharon Garin,  partnered with the House committee on tourism chaired by Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones in launching a digital campaign titled “It’s A Mask!”

The main purpose is s to promote public health and safety protocols as the country jumpstarts economic activity after undergoing stringent quarantine restrictions.

Cognizant of the plight of overwhelmed health workers and the declining economic state of the country, Garin  and Aragones conceptualized the campaign to strike a balance between acknowledging the needs of the health sector and reviving the economy.

“We understand the predicament of our healthcare workers. That’s why we are launching this campaign. We hope to minimize the number of cases by highlighting the importance of minimum health standards.  On the other hand, we also want to boost the public’s confidence as quarantine restrictions are slowly being lifted. It’s not just about health anymore. Our economy is plummeting. We need to meet halfway and we cannot sacrifice one for the other,”  Garin explained.

The  campaign echoes the call of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to save lives and livelihood.

As co-chair of the Economic Stimulus Response Package Cluster (ESRP) under the Defeat COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee, Garin has previously underscored the importance of boosting business confidence and maintaining the stability of the country’s labor force beyond the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

“We lose around 18 billion for each day of lockdown. Imagine the number of families that can benefit from that amount. A total lockdown might do more harm than good, that’s why we plead everyone to observe minimum public health standards as the economy reopens. In this new normal, a mask is a must,” she also said.

The campaign is in line with the guidelines set by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) with the end-goal of reducing transmission rates, contact rates, and the duration of infectiousness of individuals in the population.