Government urged to focus on restoring public trust in vaccines

February 10, 2019

INSTEAD of pointing fingers over who is to blame for the measles outbreak, a House leader said the government should focus on restoring the trust of Filipino mothers in the government’s vaccination program.

“Right now, the most important message -- the only message -- that we need to be hearing from everyone is to assure the mothers. Kumbinsihin ang mga nanay na magpabakuna ng mga anak,” said House Deputy Speaker and Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano.

“As we are talking, habang nagtuturuan tayo, habang nagde-debate tayo, namamatay ang mga baby,” she added.

Cayetano, the principal author and sponsor of the Mandatory Infants and Children Immunization Act (Republic Act 10152), stressed that there is an urgent need to end the “general feeling of distrust” among parents towards the government’s mandatory immunization program.

House Assistant Minority Leader and 1-Ang Edukasyon Party-list Rep. Bong Belaro asked the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to direct all school heads to take precautions against measles for the health and safety of their students and faculty.

“Schools can be hotspots of the spread of measles and other contagious diseases because of population density and vulnerability of children and teenagers because of their health status, so precautions are necessary,” said Belaro.