PARENTS and guardians queue for the distribution of modules for online blended learning at Pasay City West High School on Wednesday. / Photograph courtesy of PNA
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said the passage of Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act (Bayanihan 2), will benefit government effort to support, manage and protect medical professionals amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said Bayanihan 2’s provisions heed the plea of healthcare workers including the expansion of government hospital capacity, additional isolation and quarantine facilities, adequate supply of protective equipment, among others.
She said the CHR likewise supports the proposal to penalize all forms of abuse and harassment against healthcare workers and extends the liability of an offending establishment to its officers.
“CHR reiterates that the health sector cannot hold the line for much longer if no adequate and responsive measures will alleviate the challenging situation of our health care workers,” she said.
“If the health system collapses, it is ultimately the poor and the vulnerable who are most compromised. In the end, winning the fight against COVID-19 relies heavily on being able to capacitate our best assets in addressing the medical needs of all Filipinos.”