VP Leni: Robredo administration will ramp up vaccination, improve contact tracing, treatment as protection vs another COVID-19 surge
Vice President Leni Robredo said that the country must meet, even surpass, vaccination for the target population as part of her administration’s preparation in case another COVID-19 surge happens.
At "The Pilipinas Debates 2022: The Turning Point" organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday, March 19, Robredo said that should she be elected President in the May 9 elections, she would ensure that the public will have enough protection against COVID-19 infection.
“So, dapat po ang una nating tutukan talagang mapaigting natin ‘yung vaccination dito sa atin.
Kapag tiningnan natin ngayon 'yung datos: 58% pa lang 'yung tapos na sa first and second shot, 16% pa lang ang tapos na sa booster. Ang initial target po natin 77 million na Filipinos ang dapat vaccinated. Kulang pa tayo ng 13 million para maabot natin 'yung target na 'yun,” Robredo said.
She also said the government must not wait for another surge to “beef up” testing, tracing, and treatment.
“Halimbawa 'yung testing, alam natin kung ano 'yung naging problema in the past: accessibility saka napakamahal. 'Yung tracing alam din natin kung anong naging problema natin. Huwag na natin hintayin 'yung susunod na surge. Dapat ngayon 'yung napakaraming mga apps i-centralize na natin sa isang nationwide na app na gagamitin ng lahat na isa lang 'yung database. 'Yung treatment, marami tayong kailangang gawin,” Robredo said.
She added that she would ensure the roll-out of the universal healthcare system, improve hospital capacity, and the government will take care of the healthcare workers.
Robredo said there are lessons to be learned from what the Philippines and other countries experienced from the first two years of the pandemic that will help the government respond better to COVID-19 surges.
Under Robredo’s leadership, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) initiated several pandemic responses since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020. Among these are the free antigen testing called Swab Cab to make COVID-19 tests more accessible to the public; the Bayanihan E-Konsulta and the Vaccine Express, which are also free services.
Robredo also provided free dormitories for healthcare frontliners and free shuttle services to the public after the lockdown disallowed public transportation. [End]
VP Leni reiterates push for P100 billion stimulus program for MSMEs to help PH economy recover during the pandemic
Vice President Leni Robredo said rebuilding the severely affected micro, small, and medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector will be her top priority if elected President in May to spur the country’s economic growth during the pandemic.
At the “The Pilipinas Debates 2022: The Turning Point” organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday, March 19, Robredo reiterated her proposal to come up with a P100 billion stimulus program for MSMEs.
“Ang akin pong proposal, maliban doon sa mga available na ngayon, ay magpo-propose po ako ng P100 billion stimulus fund para buhayin ulit ‘yung mga MSMEs. Ito pong P100 [billion] na ito, ang portion nito conditional cash grants. Ang another portion nito ay low-interest loans para mabuhay ulit sila,” Robredo said during the first round of the debates which centered on solutions for economic recovery.
Aside from providing conditional grants and loans to small and medium businesses, Robredo said the stimulus fund will also cover capacity-building programs to help them boost their livelihood.
Robredo would also push for a law requiring government institutions to buy directly from MSMEs, emphasizing that the sector generates a total of 5.7 million jobs for Filipinos.
“Ang datos po natin ang pinakamalaking merkado gobyerno. Kaya isusulong po natin ‘yung panukalang batas na naglalayon na ‘yung gobyerno, mag-set aside ng pondo niya na talagang MSMEs ang binibilhan niya,” she said.
In 2020, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) tapped sewing groups and communities in various parts of the country to produce reusable suits for pandemic frontliners.
Robredo’s initiative addressed the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPEs) in hospitals and health institutions and at the same time helped small businesses thrive amidst the unprecedented health crisis. [End]