Bill to protect frontliners, COVID-19 patients vs discrimination filed by Hontiveros

Bill to protect frontliners, COVID-19 patients vs discrimination filed by Hontiveros

Discriminating against our modern heroes, our healthcare professionals should not be in our genes, because without them will be in a lot more trouble than what it is.

Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros just filed a bill that seeks to protect health workers, frontliners, and patients from discrimination, harassment, and violence as the country grapples with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Hontiveros filed Senate Bill No. 1436 or the “Mandatory Protection of Health Workers, Frontliners and Patients Act” aims to address threats and acts of violence and harassment against health workers and patients in their respective communities.

Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros
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“In the midst of this crisis, our health workers continue to work at the frontlines, risking their and their families’ health and well-being for the health and well-being of our community,” Hontiveros said in a statement.

“Discrimination against health workers is a crime against public health,” she added.

The proposed senate bill amends the Section 9 of Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, which Hontiveros also co-authored.

The measure prohibits “(a)ll forms of discrimination, or unfair or unjust treatment against a health worker, a frontliner, or any act that has the effect of actually causing or placing the same under a reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm, or impedes the conduct of duties, provided that of the same act is punishable under a different law, the law that imposes a higher penalty will apply.”

“All forms of physical, emotional and psychological violence, or the threat thereof of such violence, against an individual suspected of being, or confirmed to be, a carrier of the notifiable disease, whether the same is true or not” are also prohibited under the bill.

“Ignorance and hostility will not protect us from the disease,” the senator said in the bill’s explanatory note.

“Now, more than ever, we need compassion and community. Now, more than ever, we need to protect our health workers and frontliners,” she added.

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