MANILA – Former Congressman, now Undersecretary of the Office of The President, Jacinto V. Paras has on Monday urged every Filipino, that every 6pm daily, they go to their windows, terraces or verandas, and make a sound by clapping their hands or by any means to create a sound as a form of honoring and thanking Filipino health workers who are risking their lives and battling it out to save our people from Covid -19 infections.
Paras is asking every Filipino to do this habit as a noble deed for our health workers.
He also suggested for Filipinos to start the “6 p.m. Habit” as soon as possible with the earliest this Monday, 06 April 2020.
The former labor department exec also offered to donate his whole salary for the month of April as a seed fund for the creation of a “health workers fund.”
He called on all secretaries, undersecretaries, assistant secretaries and all director level officials to donate voluntarily at least their salary for April, 2020.
He suggested that these donated funds from the said officials must be deposited to a private sector organization for transparency.
Paras initially suggested to deposit the funds to GMA 7’s Kapuso account and asked GMA 7 to administer the donations and distribute it equally to all health workers (private and public) from a list submitted by DOH.
He hopes these officials will be kind-hearted enough.
Earlier, Paras as PLLO official, actively assisted Malacanang and lawmakers in the shepherding of the bill declaring national emergency and gave President Duterte additional powers amid the country’s fight of the virus. He was joined by other officials such as Usec Michael Ong of Malacanang, Usec Bayani Agabin of DOF and Usec Epi Densing of DILG.
Like the other officials and lawmakers who attended the special session, Paras also subjected himself under home quarantine for 14 days as appropriations committee chair in ACT-CIS Partylist Congressman Eric Yap tested positive of the virus.
A week later, however, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine rescinded its findings on Yap and apologized for a disastrous clerical error over his coronavirus test.
“We should be making the clapping of hands daily at 6 p.m. as routine exercise in the next 30 days,” Paras said.
“This is also our own little way of showing our gratitude and making or declaring thousands of our health workers as heroes from this worldwide health crisis.” (IA/sovereignph.com)