It has been almost two years since the Philippines was hit by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and we are still struggling with its effects. The country has a high number of COVID-19 cases so far despite the ongoing vaccination drive.
Undeniably, the Philippine government’s COVID-19 response is inadequate and officials cannot balance the health and economic needs of the country due to a centralized setup where a national agency dictates how local officials would steer their policies.
This prompted the international community to offer help. Some other countries including China and Russia have donated millions of COVID-19 vaccines. The Philippines has received COVID-19 vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility of the World Health Organization. Australian Ambassador Steven Robinsons also announced that the Australian government will donate P480.2 million to the Philippines as part of its agreement with UNICEF.
Despite the help that the Philippines continue to get from the international community, the fact remains that there are inequitable policies in place which reflect the overall problems of the whole country.
However, it is not yet too late for the Filipino people to use their constitutional power to set the country back on a better track. As the 2022 presidential elections draw near, we as a people have the opportunity to elect a rightful leader.
WE NEED A LEADER who will support local government executives equally, as they endeavor to provide for the needs of their constituents.
In an article published by Rappler, the city government of Davao has reportedly received the lion’s share of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines as compared to other regions in Mindanao.
Based on reports, more than 210,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines were sent to Davao City, which is seven times higher than the 30,000 doses given to two other regions in Mindanao, prompting Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez to accuse the IATF of “criminal neglect.”
The question now is, are we looking at another centralized government effort as it shifts or adds power and resources to another highly urbanized area?
The problems will persist if we continue to sustain a leadership and system that is unfair. WE NEED A LEADER who will allow provinces, cities, and municipalities to decide what is best for their own people.