STATEMENT OF THE DILG ON THE ASSAULT AND REPORTS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HEALTH WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY
Secretary Eduardo M. Año
Vice Chairman, National Task Force COVID-19
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) strongly condemns the dastardly act committed against a health worker who was assaulted by five suspects in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat and expresses its indignation over reports of harassment against health workers in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
Our countrymen in the medical profession are our front liners in the war against COVID-19. Just like our police officers, soldiers and other men and women in uniform, they wage a lonely but relentless battle against this disease everyday 24/7 to keep our nation safe. The last thing they need right now is discrimination when all they do is save lives and protect each and every one of us from an enemy we cannot see.
I have directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to make sure that the perpetrators of the assault against the health worker in Sultan Kudarat will face justice at the soonest possible time.
I also ordered the PNP to deploy police officers in the vicinity of key hospitals and medical centers for increased police visibility and to ensure the safety and security of our health workers from criminal elements especially during unholy hours.
I also urge our local chief executives to undertake measures, such as providing free transport and lighting up the streets leading to medical facilities, to ensure that the medical health workers and other front liners in their jurisdiction are protected and safe as they travel to and from hospitals and clinics.
During this health emergency crisis, the least that we can do is to make sure that our health front liners are safe and protected as they continue to take care of the sick and save lives as we all confront the COVID-19 global pandemic.