Cynthia Villar tells healthcare workers overwhelmed by pandemic: I guess we need to work hard
Senator Cynthia Villar downplayed Saturday (August 1) the struggles faced by healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they need to work hard.
In a radio interview, Villar said frontliners are expected to get tired when there’s crisis.
“May time in our lives na ikaw talaga ang mapapagod. Iba-iba naman ang kalamidad. So itong kalamidad na ito ang mapapagod dito ang health frontliners natin. Iba iba yan, but I guess we need to work hard,” she said.
Villar, whose husband, Manny, is the richest man in the Philippines, rejected healthcare workers’ call for Metro Manila to revert to ECQ to ease the burden on hospitals.
“Hindi na siguro, pagbutihin nila trabaho nila.Hindi pwedeng isara ang ekonomiya kasi kung di naman mamamatay sa COVID, mamamatay naman sa gutom ang tao,” she said.
Several medical organizations have released a petition asking for Metro Manila to be reverted to ECQ for two weeks to give the government time to recalibrate its COVID-19 response.
Despite the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, however, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila will remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from August 1 to 15.