Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

By Senator Bong Go

I appeal to the Department of Health to clarify the issues found in the Commission on Audit findings regarding the use of public funds for the country’s pandemic response. Given that we are in a state of public health emergency, we should ensure that these issues are resolved immediately.

Bilang Chair ng Senate Committee on Health, lagi kong ipinapaalala sa mga ahensya na siguraduhing nagagamit nang maayos at tama ang pondo ng taumbayan, lalo na ngayon na tumataas na naman ang kaso ng Covid-19. Walang dapat masayang, lalo na’t patuloy ang ating pagbabakuna at pagsugpo sa pandemya.

Bawat araw, bawat oras, bawat minuto at bawat piso ay mahalaga dahil habulan itong laban na ito. Huwag dapat mawala ang focus natin sa tunay na kalaban — ang Covid-19. Kasama na d’yan ang hirap at gutom na dala nito.

Kaya kung may ganyang mga isyu na kailangang sagutin, ipaliwanag na dapat ito kaagad sa taumbayan sa klaro, kumpleto at madaling maintindihan na paraan. Kapag naresolba ang mga iyan, mas matutukan natin ang pagsiguro ng sapat na gamot, bakuna, at serbisyo para makasalba ng buhay ng mga may sakit.

Trabaho naman talaga ng COA na siyasatin kung ginagamit nang wasto ng lahat ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno ang pondo ng bayan.

Kaya para sa DOH, bukod sa pagsiguro na sapat ang ating mekanismo upang mapangalagaan ang kalusugan ng ating mga kababayan, parte rin ng mandato ninyo ang pagsiguro na wala ni isang iregularidad sa mga hakbang na ating ginagawa. Naniniwala naman ako na buhay at kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino ang inuuna ninyo sa inyong trabaho.

Malayo na ang narating natin mula nang nagsimula ang pandemya. Huwag nating sayangin ang hirap at sakripisyo ng bawat Pilipino para maiahon ang bansa mula sa krisis na ito.

Kung may kakulangan man, dapat iwasto ito agad, klaruhin ang dapat klaruhin, at pagbutihin lalo ang trabaho dahil sa bawat piso at bawat oras na nakalaan sa laban kontra Covid-19, buhay po ang katapat nito.

PHL poses a double-digit Q2 GDP growth

I praised the country’s economic resilience, in the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product growing by 11.8 percent in the second quarter of 2021, thus overcoming the slump brought on by the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Let me emphasized, however, that the Duterte Administration continues to carefully strike a balance between health and economic interests in order to sustain the growth, ensure that more lives are saved, and no one is left behind towards recovery.

While the fight against COVID-19 continues, so does the fight against poverty and hunger in order to provide a more comfortable life for every Filipino as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The economic rebound follows after a revised 3.9% contraction in the first quarter of 2021 and the 17% drop in the second quarter of last year. The growth rate also outperformed the 10% median growth prediction of analysts surveyed by Reuters, and the 10.6% median growth projection of economists at Businessworld.

Saludo po ako sa mga economic managers ng ating gobyerno dahil sila ang nagpursige para masiguro natin na hindi napababayaan ang ating ekonomiya at ang kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan.

Bagamat magandang pangitain ito, huwag muna tayo magkumpyansa dahil mahaba pa ang laban at delikado pa rin ang panahon. Patuloy po tayong sumunod sa mga patakaran at doblehin natin ang pag-iingat.

In the past year, I have made a number of appeals to guarantee that the economy is sustained despite the adverse effects of the pandemic.

I backed the “Focus and Expand–Center of Gravity” vaccination approach, which focuses efforts in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Pampanga, and Batangas; as well as Metro Cebu and Metro Davao. These are economic hubs that account for 72% of the country’s GDP. As a result, they are also at the highest risk of Covid-19 transmission.

Kaya pakiusap ko po, suportahan natin ang vaccination program at magtiwala tayo sa bakuna dahil ito ang susi upang makabalik tayo sa normal na pamumuhay. Kapag panahon niyo na para magpabakuna, huwag nang mag-alinlangan pa.

Once population protection is achieved through vaccination, and communities eventually reach herd immunity, more economic sectors can open and prosper towards achieving full recovery.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, I also supported emergency financial assistance for low-income individuals, such as Social Amelioration Programs, and Small Business Wage Subsidies. He also recently successfully requested the government to provide financial aid for areas that reverted to strict enhanced community quarantine measures.

President Rodrigo Duterte is to be lauded for signing Executive Order No. 140, which officially adopted the National Employment Recovery Strategy as the Philippine government’s master plan for the restoration of the country’s labor market.

Ang kooperasyon at disiplina ng bawat Pilipino ay makapagsasalba ng buhay ng ating kapwa. Kung patuloy ang ating bayanihan at pagmamalasakit sa isa’t isa, mas mabilis nating malalampasan ang krisis upang tuluyan na tayong makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay.

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