Duterte: Closing down the economy would be ‘a disaster’ for PH
Marje Pelayo • March 23, 2021 • 683
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte clarified the government’s decision not to impose nationwide lockdown despite the surge in cases of COVID-19 in recent days.
The President said that a massive lockdown would imperil the country’s economy.
“So kung sarahan mo naman iyan lahat, medyo tagilid na ang ekonomiya. That’s a problem,” he said.
“It would be a disaster for our country. Kung sarahan mo talaga lahat it would be a disaster for the country,” he added.
This was the President’s statement following the implementation of a National Capital Region (NCR) Plus Bubble which placed Metro Manila and four nearby provinces Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan under hard general community quarantine (GCQ).
The measure took effect on March 22 and will remain until April 4.
Duterte insisted on maintaining a balance in the current situation by limiting the movement of people.
“Not so many are being affected in the sense that your movements are being curtailed. The curtailment of your freedom to travel is always subject to the power of the state to control the movement of its citizens especially if there is pandemic,” the President explained.
“The state has that kind of power, although hindi yan sa martial law. It’s just putting you at the right places at the right time at this time,” he added.
Non-essential travel is not allowed to and from areas within the NCR Plus Bubble.
Only authorized persons outside residence are allowed entry and exit.
Aside from travel restrictions, gatherings are also not allowed even religious gatherings.
Outdoor dining is allowed in restaurants but only at 50 percent dine-in capacity.
President Rodrigo Duterte has inaugurated the 7.42-kilometer long Sariaya Bypass Road in Quezon Province.
In a speech after unveiling the marker on the new road on Thursday, Duterte said the completion of the project affirms the administration’s “strong commitment to improve the quality of life of Filipinos by pursuing strategic infrastructure projects across the country thereby improving connectivity and mobility, creating jobs, and dispersing economic activity throughout the regions.”
“It will likewise spur the growth of industries and business opportunities in the area, thereby boosting the socio-economic development of Quezon Province and improve the lives of the people,” Duterte said.
“As we continue to overcome the current pandemic and carefully reopen our national and local economies, infrastructure development will play a vital role in our success,” he added.
The bypass road is seen to provide faster and safer travel for motorists and will also allow efficient transport of goods to and from the markets in Southern Luzon, the President said.
The road could also lessen the traffic volume along Daang Maharlika from Sariaya to Lucena City by 40 percent.
Stretching from the Manila South Road Daang Maharlika to the Quezon Eco-Tourism Road, the Sariaya Bypass Road is expected to cater to around 15,000 motorists and commuters daily going to the different provinces in the Southern Tagalog Region.
At the same time, it is seen to spur economic and social development through efficient transportation, improved road safety and enhanced business opportunities in Quezon Province.
The Sariaya Bypass Road is one of the flagship projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under the administration’s Build, Build, Build Program.
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte urged the public anew not to be choosy with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine brands.
During his Talk to the People on Tuesday night (October 19), Duterte expressed optimism over developments in the country’s vaccine supply as the government moves to build herd immunity.
However, he reminded the public to remain vigilant by continuing to follow health protocols; get vaccinated and avoid being choosy with vaccine brands.
“Do you know, if these vaccines that we have been giving to the population are not really effective and right, marami nang patay ngayon (many people would’ve been dead by now),” he said.
The president reiterated that the national government is trying hard to fight against the pandemic, and expressed his gratitude to other nations that provided aid to the Philippines.
“We’ve been trying hard, really hard to fight. [This] COVID program nakatutok kami lahat dito (we are all focused on this). I’d like to thank everybody who have really contributed to what we are now seeing,” he said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – Muling umapela si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa publiko na magpabakuna na kontra COVID-19 upang agad nang maabot ng bansa ang minimithing herd protection laban sa nakakahawang sakit.
Ginawa ng pangulo ang apela sa gitna ng marami pa ring bilang ng mga Pilipinong ayaw magpabakuna sa kabila ng pagdating ng mga suplay sa bansa.
Kung ayaw magpabakuna, sinabi ng pangulo na dapat hanapin ang mga ito sa bawat barangay at “turukan habang tulog.”
“Alam ko marami pang ayaw eh. Iyan ang problema ‘yung ayaw, ayaw magpabakuna. Kaya hanapin ninyo ‘yan sa barangay ninyo. Akyatin natin ‘pag tulog at turukin natin habang natutulog para makumpleto ‘yung istorya. Eh kung ayaw, eh ‘di akyatin sa bahay eh, tusukin natin sa gabi. Ako ang mag-ano — I will lead the journey,” ang wika ng pangulo sa kanyang recorded na Talk to the People noong Lunes ng gabi.
Sa ngayon ay pinalalawak na ng pamahalaan ang coverage ng mass vaccination sa bansa.
Sa Biyernes, Oktubre 15, ilulunsad na ang pagbabakuna sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 na may co-morbidities saw along ospital sa Metro Manila.
Sinisimulan na rin ang pagbabakuna sa general adult population sa ilang lugar.
Nasa 23 milyong Pilipino ang fully vaccinated laban sa COVID-19 habang 26 milyon naman ang nakatanggap ng unang dose mula nang simulan ang vaccination program noong buwan ng Marso.
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