Philippine priority

Health care should be a priority to all Filipinos regardless of their status in life. The government should invest in what is needed and what matters for the country, and fight for the development of our country’s welfare.
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Everybody has been very vocal these past few months about the government and its actions regarding the pandemic. With the catastrophic happenings that ensued within the country, we are instead met with ABS-CBN’s shutdown, Manila Bay’s filling of dolomite sand, and the passing of the Anti-Terror Law—all irrelevant in today’s crisis. Why won’t they focus on improving our healthcare system in the Philippines, instead of prioritizing other matters?

Many countries are slowly recovering from this pandemic, but the Philippines still has an increase of Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases, and we have yet to improve our healthcare system and find alternative solutions in battling this virus. As of Nov 28, statistics showed that 428,000 cases were recorded in the Philippines, where Metro Manila ranked first in having the most cases in the country. If this is the case, the government should allot a sufficient budget in the country’s healthcare system.

Many of our medical professionals, especially nurses, work abroad for better opportunities and better quality of life compared to working in our country. Knowing that the country has an overwhelming number of nurses here in the
Philippines, comprising much of the workforce in the medical field, they deserve more recognition and more support. 

The lack of healthcare facilities, accessible medical centers, and medicine are some of the gaps that should be attended by the government. Moreover, salary for our medical experts and professionals should be given a higher allotment in order to compensate for their expertise. According to Philippine General Hospital (PGH) physician Ronnie Baticulon, “Health care of the Philippines was never ready for a pandemic,” and it is true to point out such issues instead of ignoring it.

Health care should be a priority to all Filipinos regardless of their status in life. The government should invest in what is needed and what matters for the country, and fight for the development of our country’s welfare. We will rise as one Filipino nation, we will strive for a better Philippines, and we will fight any adversity like the pandemic. As Filipinos, we deserve more than this, we deserve better health care accessibility for our fellow citizens.C

Rafhael Jabongga

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