Almost at 50,000!!!
Mar 28, 2020 —
To my dear fellow healthcare workers and supporters,
I am humbled, inspired, and motivated by your overwhelming and unified call to action in supporting this petition. It is clear that the shortage of PPE and subsequent endangering of our healthcare workers is a national crisis and a major concern for our country. As we reach 50,000 signatures, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and update you on the impacts your voices have had thus far. This week, the Vice President has taken notice, and thousands of you have signed our petition urging the Duterte administration to do more to get us the critical supplies that we are in dire need of. The fight goes on though, as the accessibility to PPEs should not be based on what’s available. Rather, availability should be based on what is necessary. I have been in contact with various news outlets, including Rappler, ABS-CBN, Daily Tribune, and Now We Know, to name a few, as well as various representatives of local municipalities, congressmen and senators. The key message is that we are being heard.
I applaud our countrymen who have started efforts for local production, people like Rajo Laurel, John Laurel and the entire Laurel Family, Michael Leyva, Patty Ang, Binky Pitogo, Monica Cating-Cabral, Patricia Cabral-Prodigalidad, Yssa Quiaoit-Vistan, the UP College of Engineering and Dr. Wang, UP Manila Biomed Innovation Skills Lab (SIBOL), UP Diliman (UPD-FABLAB), as well as all our innovative countrymen creating face shields and aerosol boxes, various types of masks, and gowns in their homes with the limited resources available to them. I know there are many more of you, and I wish to tell you how much your efforts are truly appreciated.
Additionally, I have connected with powerful advocacy groups, including the The Outstanding Women in the Nations Service, national medical organizations, nursing organizations and organizations of medical representatives. They are all very much aligned with our demand for adequate protection and appreciate your signatures as additional ammunition in our fight to protect those working on the front line. More and more people continue to share this petition and I encourage you to do the same and reference this petition to amplify your voice!
This petition is for you. Please use this petition when speaking to your hospital administrators, local and national media, your government officials, to demonstrate the overwhelming support you have on this issue. We all need to speak up.
Unfortunately, the fight is not over and I shall continue to reach out to the rest of our leaders and politicians, captains of industry, media and other advocacy groups to share your signatures and our call to action to take care of our healthcare workers during this pandemic. I long for the day that we see large scale industrial manaufacturing of locally made PPEs, the day that we no longer rely on imports and the day that we no longer have to beg and scrounge for this very important resource. Please join me in praying that this happens soon. And please, continue to share and garner support for this petition.
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