CHR calls on gov't to provide sufficient support for COVID-19 frontliners


Posted at Mar 25 2020 08:22 PM

Nurses Ester Quisol and Cheryl Ravelo walks from their 12-hour duty at East Avenue Medical Center to Quisol's home around the Kamuning area in Quezon City on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, amid the enhanced community quarantine. They usually walk to and from work when they don't catch free bus rides for medical workers during the Luzon lockdown. They at times get a ride from private vehicles who pass their way. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday urged the government to provide sufficient support for frontline workers battling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

"To truly honor their sacrifices, we reiterate our call for expedient provision of sufficient protection gears and supplies, transportation, and other support that all frontline workers need," CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement.

The agency also urged the public to be truthful about their travel histories and conditions in order to protect front-liners "who risk their lives to defend and protect the right to health and safety of everyone."

"In the same vein, we call for transparency and respect for human rights during the quarantine period to prevent any abuses that can mar the efforts to contain COVID-19," De Guia added.

CHR made the call as the world observed the international day for the right to the truth concerning gross human rights violations and for the dignity of victims.

"As we commemorate this day, let us pay tribute to the victims of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture by demanding for truth and accountability. We can only fully honor their dignity and the immense suffering of their families who are left behind by ensuring that full justice is attained and necessary reparation is given," De Guia said.

She added: "Similarly, we honor and laud those who unrelentingly defend the victims of human rights abuses and denounce such violations even at the expense of risking their lives. Their sacrifice and courage fuel the promotion and protection of the human rights of all, particularly the vulnerable ones."

To date, the Philippines has recorded 636 COVID-19 cases with 38 deaths, while 26 has recovered.