Kabataan party-list to Malacnang: “Lockdown ni Duterte, pahirap sa taumbayan!”

Kabataan party-list to Malacnang: “Lockdown ni Duterte, pahirap sa taumbayan!”

Kabataan Partylist seems to be thinking of its self interest when it announced publicly through social media its opposition to the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared “enhanced community quarantine” of the entire island of Luzon.
In its Facebook post, it calls out the Duterte administration to stop the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine because it causing hardships and sufferings by being forced to stay at their respective homes.

The left leaning partylist suggested that the government should start doing mass testing and distribute financial aid, free medicines and food to the people.
Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago
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“Itigil ang pangmalawakang lockdown! Sa halip, magsagawa ng mass testing at mamahagi ng financial aid, ng libreng gamot, at ng libreng pagkain!”
 Kabataan stated.
“Ibigay ang lahat ng pangangailang medikal tulad ng face masks, gwantes, alkohol, at iba pang personal protective equipment ng mga health workers!” they added.
Kabataan Partylist also launched an online petition titled ‘7-point public health demands: COVID-19 action steps’.

According to their online petition, they’re pushing for:
1.      Deployment of health workers to the community instead of sending soldiers and police to the streets. Free sanitary items, food, testing kits and clean water to the people.
They also argued that lockdown doesn’t work to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
2.     More government support to the local scientist, health workers, and other medical professionals.
3.     Ensure the safety and job security of Filipino workers.
Companies should give the wage of their workers who were affected by the community quarantine and the government should help the people who lost their job by giving them cash transfers.

4.     Transfering the P4.5-B budget from the Office of the President, P36-4-B from the National Task Force, and P546 from the Oplan Tokhang to fund the health sector.
5.     Declaration of price freeze to all basic needs.
6.     Ensure that there’s enough food and medicine supply in the country.
7.     Prevent utility companies to increase their charges to its consumers.
As of writing, the petition already reached 13,700+ signs.

Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago also said that the government should stop any attempts from schools to increase their tuition fees and other charges.
“There must also be a guarantee that no tuition, other fees will increase after the disruption of classes. Moreover, Kabataan Partylist urges the Duterte administration to explore options to likewise cushion the impact of the month-long suspension on private schools,” Elago said.

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