In support of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s call, Senator Bong Go on Tuesday encouraged government officials to set a good example and closely follow health protocols amid the current pandemic.
In an interview in Bulacan, the chair of the Senate health committee said that the government sufficiently reminded the public, including government officials, to follow health protocols to prevent the further spread of the Covid-19.
“Dapat talaga, I’m sure by now alam na ng bawat Pilipino, eight months na po ang lumipas at ang campaign po ng gobyerno, ‘di nagkukulang. Nasa bawat Pilipino po talaga kung susundin ang paalala,” said Go.
“Dapat kayong sumunod, kung ayaw n’yong sumunod, ibig sabihin gusto n’yo magkasakit,” he added.
During a virtual briefing, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, joined by officials of the Department of Health, reminded government officials to strictly comply with health protocols or face penalties.
“If a government official is invited to an event and he cannot assure that minimum health standards [will] be implemented during that event, it would be best if the government official will just decline to attend,” Malaya said during the briefing.
”If, however, even government officials cannot comply, how can we expect the general public to comply?” Malaya added.
Go also reiterated that government-imposed guidelines and health protocols are based on studies conducted by health experts and authorities knowledgeable in handling crisis situations.
“Sumunod muna tayo sa ating gobyerno, magsuot ng mask at face shield, observe social distancing, frequent washing of hands and proper hygiene, and avoid unnecessary travels—para maiwasan po ang pagkahawa o pagsalang ng Covid-19 habang wala pa pong vaccine na safe na pinapayagan ng gobyerno,” he added.
He added that the month of December is crucial in the government’s fight against COVID-19 as the holiday season might cause a spike in new cases.