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Rodrigo Duterte Declares 2020 As Year Of Filipino Health Workers to Honor Their Sacrifice Amid Pandemic

RODRIGO DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared 2020 as ‘Year of Filipino Health Workers to honor their sacrifice amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lots of Filipino doctors and nurses have contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, the Department of Health (DOH) said. The government agency said they delivered checks to the families of the workers who died due to the virus.

Last April, Rep. Alfredo Garbin of AKO BICOL party-list proposed that the healthcare worker who died in the line of service deserves to be buried at the ‘Libingan ng mga Bayani.’ “Every Filipino frontliner who dies in this COVID-19 war deserves to be laid to rest at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani because of their supreme sacrifice for love of country, loyalty to the people, and devotion to their profession,” he said.

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Based on a report from Inquirer, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared 2020 as the “Year of Filipino Health Workers.” The chief executive highlighted the contributions made by the frontliners as it fights COVID-19 which has infected over 51,000 persons nationwide.

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According to the report, Proclamation No. 976 was released to the press on Friday. “Thousands of Filipino health workers, who comprise a major component of the nation’s labor force, selflessly and tirelessly provide essential, quality and critical care to individuals, families and groups, even in the face of great peril, fear, uncertainty and vulnerability,” Duterte’s proclamation read.

“There is a need to commemorate the immeasurable acts of heroism and selfless compassion of nurses, midwives and all health workers, and give due honor to those who sacrificed their lives in the line of service, especially during this extraordinary time,” he added.

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Based on the report, President Duterte directed the DOH to lead and supervise the observance of the “Year of the Filipino Health Workers.”

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