Restricting mobility is meant to give government the time to build its capacities to stop the spread of the virus. But what happens when a government only resorts to a lockdown and nothing else?
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“The police and military were first to get salary increases, while teachers are forced to make-do with their meager salaries.”
“We hope that Secretary Duque understands that every minute in our lives as health workers matters. Many from our ranks got sick and succumbed to COVID-19 already. We can no longer afford to spend more time to wait in order to get our rightful benefits and demands.”
“The militarist and punitive framework of policing the pandemic in the form of policies resulting in mass arrests and detention of alleged violators runs counter to the purpose of quarantine protocols which is to protect and uphold people’s health.”
“These are dire times that require urgent action. The people need immediate relief,” they said in a joint statement sent to the media.
They called for financial aid, mass testing, vaccination and to stop attacks on urban poor.
SAKA called for PHP10,000 financial aid to public, workers’ PHP100 wage relief, a PHP15,000 production subsidy for food security frontliners, free mass testing, protection of community pantries and the assertion of PH sovereignty.
The long queue to get food is proof of the government’s short-sightedness in dealing with the pandemic. The death of a senior citizen while lining up in a community pantry is an indictment of the government’s failure in many aspects.
The petition started with only 500 signatures of people from different sectors of the society.
By DEE AYROSO