Bong Go Balik Probinsya Program Caused New COVID-19 Cases

Leyte Reports First Cases Of COVID-19 Following Bong Go Balik Probinsya Program

BONG GO BALIK PROBINSYA – Senator Bong Go is under heated scrutinity for his program that aimed to decongest Metro Manila.

Since the start of the lockdown in Luzon, several people were stuck due to tight travel protocols. However, despite a lack of testing, Go launched his “Balik Probinsya Program” as quarantine restriction eased.

Because of this, two people from the first batches of returnees were found positive for COVID-19. The two coronavirus-positive individuals came home to Leyte, which previously had zero cases of the coronavirus.

Bong Go Balik Probinsya Program Caused New COVID-19 Cases
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As such, women’s group “Gabriela” warned that Go’s program could translate to added healthcare and economic problems. According to an article from Inquirer, Gabriela stated:

Earlier this month, we’ve warned President Duterte that the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa program will create a wave of COVID-19 infections due to the lack of mass testing. Now, Baybay City and Tanauan […] in Leyte have recorded their first coronavirus cases – both returning residents under the national government’s Balik Probinsya program

Moreover, the group emphasized how the incident was not isolated. They attributed this to the government’s lack of testing for the beneficiaries of the program.

In lieu of this, Gabriela called for the suspension of Go’s program to protect provinces from further spread. Furthermore, the Philippines had also recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases yesterday, surpassing the 500 mark.

Additionally, Gabriela urged concerned government bodies to provide a long-term response to the coronavirus epidemic. They explained that without a long term plan, the poor and most vulnerable who lack health care and job opportunities could generate more problems in rural areas.

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