NACIONALISTA Party (NP) and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) senatorial bet Pia S. Cayetano has officially started her campaign for the health and welfare of Filipino families and children, presenting her platform during the HNP kickoff rally in Pampanga.
The Taguig representative is pioneering an issue-based campaign strategy, as she plans to go around the country to promote her advocacies on health and education, among her other initiatives for the benefit of the Filipino family.
“Sasamantalahin ko nang nandito ako kaharap ng napakaraming nanay, tatay, mga lolo at lola,” Cayetano stressed during her speech at the HNP rally, which was intended to drum up support for senatorial bets endorsed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Cayetano, a known health advocate, took the time to remind Filipino mothers of the importance of having their children properly vaccinated, in light of the recent outbreak of measles in several parts of the country.
The Department of Health (DoH) has declared a measles outbreak in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Western and Central Visayas. In Region III alone, 481 cases of measles were recorded, with three deaths.
“Yan ho ay napakaseryosong bagay. Malapit ‘yan sa puso ko dahil ho ako ang may-akda ng Mandatory Immunization, isa sa unang batas ko noong ako ho’y pumasok sa Senado,” Cayetano said, referring to the Mandatory Infants and Children Immunization Act (Republic Act 10152), which she principally authored and sponsored.
“Ginawa ko ho ‘yun dahil napakahalaga na ang mga anak natin, may proketsyon laban sa mga sakit,” she added.
The congresswoman lamented that there is now a decline in people’s confidence in vaccines, following the controversy involving Dengvaxia.
On this note, she vowed to use the campaign period for the midterm elections as an opportunity to restore Filipino families’ trust in the government’s immunization program.
“Gagawin ko ‘yun araw-araw sa pag-iikot ko dahil takot na takot ako na may isa pang ina na mawalan ng anak… Kwento po ito ng isang ina sa mga ibang ina,” Cayetano said, taking inspiration in her own experiences as a mother, when her third child died of congenital disease.