Duterte declares pandemic-hit 2020 as Year of Filipino Health Workers

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 10 2020 03:07 PM

A City Health Office worker gives a COVID-19 antibody rapid test to a resident of Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro June 25, 2020. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News


MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte has declared 2020 as the "Year of Filipino Health Workers" in honor of their work as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

The President said Proclamation No. 976, which was signed on July 6, seeks to recognize the "invaluable" contributions of health workers to the nation as the Philippines continues to face the threat of COVID-19.

"There is a need to commemorate the immeasurable acts of heroism and selfless compassion of nurses, midwives, and all health workers, and give due honor to those who sacrificed their lives in the line of service, especially during this extraordinary time," Duterte said.

At least 34 Filipino health workers have died due to COVID-19 while hundred others have contracted the virus, according to the Department of Health.

Under Duterte's proclamation, the Department of Health is tasked to lead the nationwide observance of the Year of Filipino Health Workers.

Media companies meanwhile are encouraged to promote and generate awareness and public support for the programs and activities in relation to the Year of Filipino Health Workers.

As of July 9, the Philippines has 51,754 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This includes 1,314 deaths and 12,813 recoveries.