Former Health Secretaries endorse VP Leni’s presidential bid
Six former Health Secretaries on Sunday, March 20, endorsed the presidential bid of Vice President Leni Robredo, saying that she was able to show capability to address the people’s primary health care concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, the first global health crisis in decades.
“As our country struggles to recover from the wide-ranging effects of the pandemic, we need a leader who has demonstrated the values of integrity and caring, has governed wisely and fairly, prioritizes programs for the greater good, understands the processes of government, puts the interests of the country first and executes effectively amidst the complexities of day-to-day governance,” the statement said.
It was signed by Drs. Alfredo Bengzon, Carmencita Reodica, Jaime Galvez Tan, Manuel Dayrit, Esperanza Cabral, and Paulyn Ubial. Their endorsement is the latest addition to the snowballing support for Robredo’s candidacy.
“In the area of health, Vice President Robredo has demonstrated her capability to address the people’s primary health concerns during the pandemic,” the former Health chiefs said.
They emphasized that it is Robredo who is “the foremost candidate to provide a comprehensive pandemic response platform.”
At the onset of the pandemic, Robredo, through the Office of Vice President (OVP), swiftly came up with various programs that addressed the needs of the people and the medical frontliners as everyone grappled with the uncertainties and challenges the health crisis brought.
Robredo initiated the distribution of personal protective equipment, shuttle buses, and dormitories for frontline workers, as well as COVID-19 antigen test kits and teleconsultation services – all for free – with the goal of infection prevention.
As the government ordered lockdowns to slow down community transmission of the disease, the OVP came up with community marts, learning hubs, job platforms for the unemployed, and drive-through vaccination to help citizens cope with the restrictions imposed.
Robredo also used her social media platforms and weekly radio program to be able to share important information about the coronavirus pandemic.
The former Health chiefs encouraged their colleagues in the health sector and all the Filipinos to support the candidacy of Robredo, “so that our right to health is upheld and the recovery from the pandemic is assured.” [End]