A CONGRESSWOMAN on Friday raised concern over delays in the safe and cost-effective anti-coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) vaccine procurement and roll out program which would result to teachers and students’ delayed return to school.
“Blended learning has not been effective and limits the access of many pupils to quality education. We can no longer afford another school year of distance blended learning especially for indigent families,” House Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro said.
“The Duterte administration’s failure to immediately procure and provide the safest and cost efficient vaccine for the Filipino people will have serious consequences in education continuity amid the pandemic,” Castro stressed.
“Isinailalim na tayo sa pinakamahabang lockdown sa buong mundo, hindi pa maayos na maisagawa ang kanilang tungkulin sa mamamayan na makakuha ng ligtas na bakuna. Inuuna pa ang pansariling mga interes na pagtutulak ng Cha cha at mga kwestyonableng kasunduan para sa bakuna kaysa siguraduhing makakuha ang bansa ng sapat at epektibong bakuna para tuluyang masolusyonan ang pandemya para makabalik na sa paaralan ang mga kabataan,” Castro added
“Habang tumatagal na hindi nakakabalik ng paaralan ang marami sa mga kabataan, dumarami ang natitigil sa pag-aaral, dumarami ang nawawalan ng access sa kalidad na edukasyon at hindi narerespeto ang kanilang karapatan sa edukasyon,” Castro said. “Ang usapin ng pagkakaroon ng ligtas na bakuna ay hindi lamang usapin ng pampublikong kalusugan kundi pati na rin sa edukasyon.”
“With COVID-19 vaccines starting to be made available, this administration must ensure that those who need it will be able to get it. Government should be able to secure enough vaccines to be able to vaccinate all those who need it, including education frontliners,” Castro stated.
“Most of all, the Duterte administration must stop insulting the people, saying they do not have the right to choose which vaccine to take because they are poor. The people did not choose to be poor. Humantong sa kahirapan ang marami sa mamamayan dahil sa kainutilan at kapalpakan ng administrasyong ito. The Duterte administration should not have to reminded that they are using the people’s money to pay for all these government projects and services. The people have every right to be choosy,” she said.
“This administration should put all its resources and efforts in the procurement of vaccines and implement adequate medical solutions to finally be able to solve the health crisis in the country and provide safe back to school for teachers and students,” Castro ended.