Duterte should lift Luzon-wide PUV ban; treat drivers, conductors as frontliners - Trillanes

Duterte should lift Luzon-wide PUV ban; treat drivers, conductors as frontliners - Trillanes

Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV is making himself in the news again, he directed his recommendation to government some measures in the ongoing battle of the country against the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or Covid-19.
He suggested that the suspension declared on public transport in Luzon be lifted by the government while the region undergoes enhanced community quarantine.

“Lift the ban on PUVs and treat drivers and conductors as frontliners essential to the delivery of public services. Provide them with personal protective equipment,” he said in a statement.

Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV
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One of the fiercest critic of the Duterte administration acknowledges that there have been “laudable moves” by the government in the fight against the disease, but added that there were “inadequacies” in the quarantine policy “as it penalizes rather than incentivizes proper behavior at this time.”

“This could even exacerbate the problem as it fails to provide for alternatives to the poor,” he said.
Trillanes also suggested that government prepare schools near the hospitals or makeshift medical tents as possible isolation areas for patients who tested positive for the COVID-19, should the number of individuals increase beyond the bed capacity of hospitals.

He also stressed the importance of those nursing students and unemployed nursing graduates should be tapped and mobilized to be compensated as nursing assistants in public and private hospitals by the national government.
For the economic side of the current situation , he suggest that the government prepare P500 billion worth of economic stimulus package for industries and small and medium enterprises heavily affected by the pandemic.The economic stimulus should include bailouts, tax relief, and cash dole-outs to workers.

And finally the former senator would like to realign the P200 billion of the current budget for infrastructure for the expansion of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to aid poor Filipino families who were most affected by the crisis.

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