Radio host Mark Lopez summarizes latest PRRD’s televised public address re covid-19

Did you miss tonight’s televised public address of President Duterte re- covid-19?

Well, don’t be sad. Radio host Mark Lopez did the honor of summarizing the important points President Duterte’s public address in a FB post titled, “ANTI-COVID”.

Lopez moted that President Duterte prefaced by telling the public not to panic and whatever actions the government will be doing, it is done to fight covid-19. “DO NOT PANIC!… May problema, and this is worldwide problem, and huwag matakot at mangamba dahil kung ano man ang gagawin ng gobyerno, ito ay dahil para labanan ang COVID-19 virus.”

Next, Lopez said that the President named the DOH as the lead agency. “Binaggit nya ang lead dito ay ang DOH, specifically the Inter Agency Task Force on Covid-19 o IATF.

Duterte announced that based on the resolution that he will turned into an EO, he is placing the country under CODE RED sublevel 2 and went on to explain what does this means to the public. Sinabi ny na based sa resolution, na gagawin nyang executive order, tayo ngayon ay nasa CODE RED SUBLevel TWO. Dahil jan, eto ang mga mangyayari:

a. Metro Manila Classes SUSPENDED UNTIL April 12. All levels, private and public.

b. Mass gatherings are PROHIBITED. I cancel muna mga parties, weddings, concerts, pamisa, etc. Kung ipipilit, observe SOCIAL DISTANCING.

c. METRO MANILA under COMMUNITY QUARANTINE. Sabi ni PRRD, ayaw pagamit ang word na LOCKDOWN, pero yun na din yun. But he emphasized why kailangan i-lockdown – to contain the virus. May Baranggay level Quarantine, may municipal level quarantine at may provincial level quarantine. Ang emphasis din nya dito ang power ng Baranggay Officials to enforce Quarantine, Peace and Order.

d. WALANG PASOK SA EXECUTIVE BRANCHES ng GOVERNMENT, except sa mga ma a assign na SKELETAL WORK FORCE.

e. Sa PRIVATE WORKFORCE, Bahala na ang mga management at may ari to impose their policy, subject to regulations and guidelines that will be coordinated with DOLE and DTI.

f. Tuloy ang operations ng MASS TRANSPORT sa METRO MANILA LIKE MRT, LRT and PNR. Inatasan nya ang DOTr to work with the IATF to come up with guidelines, especially for SOCIAL DISTANCE COMMUTING.

g. EFFECTIVE 12 MIDNIGHT of MARCH 15, Ang LAND, DOMESTIC AIR, and DOMESTIC SEA travel papasok at papalabas ng Metro Manila ay SUSPENDED, UNTIL APRIL 14, subject to daily review and change as necessary.

h. Daily ang meeting ng IATF, including members of the AFP and PNP and the cabinet secretaries, to assess the situation and make the necessary recommendations.

i. Lahat ng OFW na may work contract sa Mainland China, except Hubei Province, ay papayagan bumalik, with the clear understanding na alam nila ang risks involved.

j. Entry travel restrictions sa mga bansa na may local covid-19 cases, except for Filipinos, and those with Permanent Visas and Diplomatic officials.

Lopez said that the President explicitly explained that this EO isn’t Martial Law or designed to make the life of the public miserable. This is done to protect the public from covid-19. “Ang habilin ng Pangulo, hindi ito martial law o gustong pahirapan ng gobyerno ang taumbayan. Kailangan lang protektahan ang nakakarami laban sa threat ng Covid-19 and ito ang mga hakbang na gagawin ng gobyerno.”

Lopez clarified that the President gave the assurance that this resolution is subject to revisions, depending on the situation or developments on the ground. “Maaring baguhin ang mga declared steps dito sa resolution, depende sa development o progress ng outbreak o epidemic, o hanggang sa makadiskubre ng vaccine.”

Lopez ended the FB post by reiterating the President Duterte message – it is important to face the crisis by helping and following the law as the country is in the midst of a problem, peace and order is maintained. “Para kay PRRD, ang mahalaga ay harapin ang krisis at tulungan at sundin ang mga alituntunin ng gobyerno, para sa gitna ng problema na ito ay meron pa rin PEACE and ORDER sa bansa.”

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Source: Mark Lopez

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