LEADERS from the religious, medical and business sectors have come together to express their support in combating the Covid-19 pandemic in Cebu in the midst of the rising cases of the coronavirus.
In a joint manifesto, the Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu Medical Society, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and the Cebu Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce enjoined their members to do what they can in helping Cebu recover from the Covid-19 crisis.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has remained unstoppable—a grave threat to health, livelihood and lives. It is vital that we all pool together and in solidarity address this crisis in its complexity. At this stage, we all recognize that there is an urgent need for intensive, proactive and combined efforts to stem its transmission, to ease the burden on our medical workers and all those in the frontline as well to start rebuilding the foundations for economic growth and survival of our communities,” the manifesto reads.
The manifesto was signed by Archbishop Jose Palma of the Archdiocese of Cebu, CCCI president Felix Taguiam, Cebu Medical Society president Dr. Leticia Abinuman and Ambassador Francisco Benedicto of the Cebu Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
The groups assured they will “coordinate and cooperate with health authorities and local leaders, create avenues for continuous dialogue and constructive communications, promote informed decision-making based on evidence-based recommendations and translate plans into concrete action.”
They also acknowledged the need and will embark on a massive information drive to educate the population on the prevention of Covid-19 transmission through the proper use of face masks, social distancing and hygienic and sanitation practices such as washing of hands and disinfection.
“Further, we strongly encourage strict compliance and proper enforcement. We empathize with the current challenges faced by those in our healthcare system who have tirelessly cared for the embattled victims of the virus at their risk and at times, the cost of their lives,” it added.
The groups also vowed to mobilize support for healthcare professionals in their needs, like personal protective equipment, risk compensation, moral and spiritual support.
“We shall also help address the healthcare system in the tri-cities to find ways that would ease the burden on the capacities of our hospitals,” it added.
They stressed that there is a need to balance public health with economic health to save the economy from complete collapse.
This is why they support the ramping up of economic activities of businesses in phases following the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases guidelines, and according to essential market needs and employment generation.
The group also said they advocate self-regulated workplace health protocols as the new normal to avoid transmission in the workplace so that livelihoods may be revived. (JOB)