GENERAL TRIAS, Cavite — Vice President Sara Duterte on Friday attended the launching of Heroes Movement Inc., a non-partisan civic organization based here.
Vice President Sara Duterte, the guest of honor for the gathering, thanked the founding team and the whole organization for becoming partners of the government in its development efforts.
“I thank the Heroes Movement Inc., and I am profoundly grateful, for an initiative that ticks all the boxes we need in our call for unity to advance our progress and development as a nation,” she said during the group’s launching at the Gentri Medical Center and Hospital.
“As the Vice President of the Philippines, I personally feel more encouraged to do better when I see our fellow Filipinos supporting government programs and projects through their own sectoral or community initiatives that, regardless of their simplicity or proportions or magnitude, are scintillating with inspiration, with hope — encouraging Filipinos to stand for the nation and become Filipinos helping fellow Filipinos,” she added.
Duterte said the initiative will ignite Filipinos to unite and build the country stronger together from the adverse effects of pandemic.
“You have started the call for national healing and provided the opportunity to become part of the bigger call for nation-building,” Duterte said.
She also praised the medical frontliners who braved the threats of the pandemic, calling them the country’s modern heroes.
“Noong kasagsagan ng pandemya, nasa pandemya pa rin po tayo, noong wala pa pong bakuna, napakarami po ng ating mga health care workers na nagtrabaho ng walang sweldo, nagtrabaho ng 72-hours straight na duty dahil wala pong mag-relyebo sa kanila at wala silang hazard pay, walang dagdag, walang overtime— walang dagdag na benepisyo. Pero, madami sa kanila sa buong bansa ang ginawa ‘yon at ‘yon ang isang definition talaga ng isang hero,” she said.
Aside from the medical practitioners, she also thanked individuals who spent time to work and provide the necessary support at the height of the pandemic.
“Madami po sa mga support staff na tumulong para sa COVID-19 response ng ating gobyerno ang nagtrabaho din na wala man lang tanong sa dami ng inuutos sa kanila na kailangan nilang gawin. Yun po silang lahat mga nameless faces around the country who sacrificed day and night para sa COVID-19 response ng ating bansa. ‘Yon po sila ang ating mga nakitang heroes ng ating generation,” she said.
The group, which was founded by Dr. Jerrimo L. Genuino, aims to deliver volunteer work to communities in times of crisis, has civilian memberships and wishes to expand throughout the country.