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[Off-the-shelf] COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response -IASC

On this page, you can find information and guidance on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

For more information, visit the World Health Organization’s coronavirus web page.

The IASC Principals, supported by the IASC’s Emergency Directors Group, are meeting regularly to assess the situation and determine necessary actions to ensure the continued provision of life-saving protection and assistance to the most vulnerable populations. This is prioritized while ensuring that duty of care measures are in place for staff.

The IASC Principals are prioritizing the release of critical guidance to support its members and the broader humanitarian community in their ability to continue to deliver humanitarian assistance during a COVID-19 outbreak.

At the same time, Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for the COVID-19 Pandemic is under development. The Global HRP aims at addressing the additional needs from the COVID-19 pandemic while sustaining the ongoing humanitarian operations and life-saving programmes. This is essential to avoid further loss of lives and suffering and the aggravation of affected people’s vulnerabilities. The Global HRP will be launched shortly.

Eight interim guidance documents and a Storybook for Children on COVID-19 have been developed jointly by a number of the IASC members and/or IASC Reference Groups:

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[From the web] The coronavirus pandemic can empower us to demand change -Aljazeera

As I try to pass time in lockdown in Italy and come to terms with the new normal in my country, I often think about my grandmother and the 1943 degree certificate that was once on display in her living room. “Victor Emmanuel, King of Italy and Albania, Emperor of Ethiopia”, the certificate proclaimed in flowery characters, “grants the degree of doctor to … “. The document is a testament to human resilience. The fact that a young woman managed to complete a degree at the height of World War II, under a rain of bombs, in fascist Italy, reminds me that humans are capable of achieving great things under impossible circumstances.

I also think of that degree certificate today because it is from a time when it was not “business as usual” in Europe. It is from a time when a catastrophe came and changed everything. After the end of WWII, people living in most Western democracies did not face another threat grave enough to make them drastically alter the way they live. There have been widespread protests, political crises, and a few natural disasters, but in general, life went on as usual for many.

That is, until 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic that is taking the world by storm, with Europe as its new epicentre, interrupted daily life in the West in a way that was not seen in recent history. Of course, the level of devastation is nowhere near what our grandparents experienced during the world wars. Nevertheless, life is at a standstill in many countries. Shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are closed. Schools and universities are shut down. Airports are deserted. Business districts are empty. Almost overnight, people changed the way they live completely.

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[People] Temporary relief for Filipino Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) during the CoViD-19 Crisis – by Prof. Raymund Narag

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The Philippine government placed the entire Metro Manila under “Enhanced Community Quarantine.” The Philippine Supreme Court issued a circular suspending all court hearings. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has suspended all jail visitations nationwide. These are all pre-emptive steps to slow down the spread of the CoViD-19 virus that infected hundreds of people in the Philippines and hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Indeed, one of the most susceptible areas to the spread of the virus is the jails and prisons. With an overcrowding rate of 350%, the Philippines has the most congested correctional system in the world. If one of the PDLs gets infected in the congested jails, it could be a catastrophe. Our jail staff would be tremendously strained to handle the infection once it starts. Despite their best efforts and even in normal circumstances, they lack medical facilities and doctors to handle routine health problems. We have recently witnessed jail unrest in more resource-endowed jail and prison facilities in Italy and the USA. We are not sure what the outcome would be if similar unrest began in the Philippines correctional system.

Temporary relief could be the granting of medical furlough to the first time, low risk, non-violent, and bailable offenders for humanitarian considerations. PDLs who are charged with offenses such as gambling, theft of less than a thousand pesos, drug use, etc., especially those who are old (above 60 years old) and sickly, could be prioritized for release. These are PDLs that if with money and resources, could have bailed out, and could have been released. But, largely due to poverty, they are languishing in our jails while undergoing prolonged trials.

The BJMP could initiate the process by writing a letter to the Supreme Court on its assessment of the current jail health capacities. The Supreme Court-Office of Court Administrator could then utilize this as a basis for corrective action. A Supreme Court Circular could then be issued where the jail wardens nationwide would be able to identify first-time, low risk, non-violent, bailable offenders for release. The Public Attorney’s Office could also make a national pleading on behalf of all the PDLs, similar to what was done in other jurisdictions. The list could then be submitted to the respective judges, and the judges, using their sound discretion could release the PDLs on their own self-recognizance, or even on a “One-Peso Bail.” As a condition, the PDLs could provide a promise to appear on the court-appointed dates. The wardens would get their addresses and the contact information of their relatives for monitoring.

These low-risk PDLs are no threat to public safety. Releasing them would ease the over-congestion in our jails. This would give a better chance for our jail staff to concentrate their resources on recidivists, higher risk, violent and non-bailable offenders (who are also still presumed innocent). By keeping them all in jail at the moment places them in a susceptible condition to acquire the CoViD-19 virus. In our over-congested jail, this will be tantamount to a death sentence. Releasing low risk, first time, non-violent bailable offenders under this medical furlough remedy could be our best chance to avert this incoming tragedy.

It is just a matter of time.

Raymund E. Narag, PhD
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Clarke Jones, PhD
Australian National University

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[in the news] Cops arrest homeless Lola who shouted at tanods warning about curfew -RAPPLER.com

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Police arrested Monday night, March 16, a 69-year-old homeless woman after she supposedly shouted expletives at barangay officials who were roving in the area to disseminate information about the looming curfew in Manila.

Dorothy Espejo, jobless and who lives on the streets in Leveriza, Malate, faces 3 charges including violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code prohibiting resistance and disobedience to authority, and punishable by a fine not exceeding P100,000 and imprisonment of up to 6 months.

The 8 pm to 5 am curfew over Manila will take effect on Thursday, March 19, but according to the Manila Police District, Espejo was grumpy when she was woken up by the roving tanods at 8:35 pm on Monday.

“Upon being disturbed of her sleep the suspect shouted at them and hurl them invective words,” said the Manila Police.

Manila police added: “The barangay tanods tried to pacify the suspect but to no avail, she instead went on creating havoc that disturbed the peace and tranquility of the neighborhood, hence her arrest and turn over to this station for filing of appropriate complaint at about 1:00 AM of March 17, 2020.”

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[From the web] The flawed economics of Duterte’s partial Metro Manila lockdown -RAPPLER.com

To contain the further spread of COVID-19, on March 12 President Rodrigo Duterte put all of Metro Manila under partial lockdown (technically “community quarantine”) from March 15 to April 14.

Although certainly better than nothing, there are reasons to believe this partial lockdown – as designed by Duterte – will not be very effective in containing the disease.

Duterte’s partial lockdown also doesn’t provide any financial assistance for workers and businesses whose incomes and livelihoods will be wiped out by the resulting economic downturn.

‘Flattening the curve’

To contain COVID-19, epidemiologists around the world recommend “social distancing.”

This chiefly involves closing down schools, offices, malls and public places; banning mass gatherings; and encouraging or requiring people to go into home quarantine.

Social distancing works. Figure 1 shows that when done properly it spreads a viral outbreak over a longer period of time, but lowers the peak number of cases.

By “flattening the curve,” so to speak, we can prevent overwhelming our hospitals, exhausting frontline health workers like doctors and nurses, and preventing shortages of much-needed equipment like masks, gloves, and testing kits.

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[Statement] NO ONE IS AN ISLAND Harnessing our People’s Energies to Meet the Threat of COVID-19 -LNM

Statement of Laban ng Masa, March 17, 2020

Our country faces today a great challenge – the COVID-19 pandemic that afflicts more than 150 countries. Our public health personnel have been grappling 24/7 with containing COVID-19 since late January. They have rushed hospital facilities, undertaken contact tracing, conducted testing, and dispersed frontline fighters to educate people on measures to protect themselves. Despite their best efforts, cases of COVID-19 infection have risen to 187, with the death toll at 12.

In contrast to our public health personnel, our political authorities seem to fail in the tasks they are supposed to be doing in support of frontline efforts. They have issued decrees with few guidelines for implementation, creating confusion among LGUs and chaos in our communities. In the latest step to stem the advance of the virus, the government has pushed for an “enhanced community quarantine” of the whole of Luzon Island.

While containment is necessary to combat the spread of disease, our political leaders have approached it as a military operation, forcing people’s compliance with threats of arrest. The new order which imposes more stringent measures is blind to the grave consequences for the vulnerable and marginalized. Those who do not have the support system to tide them over this period will carry most of the social cost of these top-down measures.

While COVID-19 does not discriminate and can infect anybody, the risks for disease are not evenly distributed in our society. Who survives the epidemic is greatly determined by who has more in life – to afford care, to drive to the nearest hospital, to stave off hunger, to counter the cruel measures that deny survival options of marginalized people. The epidemic thus exposes and deepens the inequalities in Philippine society.

Any public health emergency decision must take into account the differential impacts of measures on various sectors of society.

With this in mind, we in Laban ng Masa feel the following principles should guide the national strategy to deal with COVID-19.

1/ Public health personnel should direct the effort at all levels, with politicians, police, and the military in a subordinate role.

2/ While a strong central direction of the strategy is important, it must not be conducted as a top-down police or military operation, but instill persuasion and education as the key approaches to getting community support for massive but necessary disruptions of their lives.

3/ Civil society organizations (CSO’s), labor unions, religious organizations, and other citizens’ organizations must participate as vital social actors.

4/ We must draw from the best practices of societies that have dealt most effectively so far with the virus, like Vietnam, Macao, South Korea and Singapore.

5/ Transparency and respect for freedom of expression, and the truth, are essential if we are to avoid the terrible disasters unfolding in some countries, like the United States.

6/ Government and the private sector must provide financial and other support mechanisms to working people whose jobs and livelihoods are disrupted by the containment measures. In this regard, Laban ng Masa supports the following urgent measures:

a) Congress should immediately pass supplemental measures or amendments tripling the health budget, with money taken from already allocated funds for national defense, other security-related funds, disaster funds, and presidential discretionary funds.

b) Congress should immediately pass supplemental measures or amendments tripling the budget for DOLE and DSWD, also with money taken from already allocated security, disaster, and presidential funds, with provisions specifying the use of these funds for making up for lost income of lower income families during the emergency.

c) All officials from the level of assistant secretary and above in government departments and their counterparts in specialized government bodies, in Congress, and in the judiciary must donate one months’ worth of their salaries to make up for the loss of income of low income families.

d) Private companies must be encouraged to set up funds to support workers and their families during the emergency, with such funds taken from company profits as well as voluntary cuts in the salaries of upper management. Moreover, companies must not use the crisis as an excuse to cut their work forces or roll back labor rights.

COVID -19 has brought to light the fragile health conditions of the majority of our people, owing to poverty, inequality, and sheer lack of concern of the wealthy minority. If there is one thing the pandemic teaches us, it is that one’s life is bound up with the conditions of existence of others, and the worse off these are, the greater the boomerang on those enjoying a better life when a threat like COVID-19 comes along. No one is an island. Capitalism, which places competition above cooperation is the root of our country’s spectacular failure to deal with the current crisis.

A healthy society made possible by greater equality and compassion for one another is one of our best protections against the threat posed by pandemics. Hopefully, the need to establish our society on the pillars of equality and shared prosperity, instead of massive inequality, will be one of the lessons we will internalize from this crisis.

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[Statement] Kanlungan statement on the COVID-19

Kanlunugan Centre Foundation Inc. is one with all migrant workers and their families in this national, and global medical emergency. Migrant workers are risking their personal safety to feed their families, and in the process, producing remittances that help keep the Philippine economy afloat.

We are also expressing our gratitude to our health workers, our front liners who are braving all personal risks, to help provide the necessary services to those already affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The enhanced community quarantine, essentially a national lockdown, will further result in more economic displacements for daily wage earners, informal workers, and the urban poor, who have no safety nets. While the necessity of the quarantine is acknowledged, which came a little bit late actually, the reality is that millions of Filipinos have to earn their livelihood, on a daily basis. Isang-kahig, isang-tuka, so goes a local song.

It is therefore incumbent that the government release all available means of funds, to help cushion the economic impact of the quarantine to the daily survival of the more at risks citizens. The 2020 national budget contains pork barrel, which the lawmakers are “earmarking” for their special projects. Instead of thinking for the next general election in 2022, legislators and the executive branch should release this fund to help with the current emergency. The several billion pesos worth of intelligence funds could also be utilized to help in this emergency.

Many migrant workers are now sending emergency remittances to their respective families here in the Philippines, to allow them to buy basic necessities. This can be observed by recent long lines in money transfers business branches. These remittances will have the expected multiplier effect, a portion of it will provide for the immediate families, while some portion can be loaned out to others who are in great need, for their respective families. And yet, these OFWs themselves are facing uncertainty and displacement in their host countries, as the economic fallout is being felt anywhere in the world, except perhaps in very few countries.

Hence, we are calling the government to urgently act and provide immediate relief and assistance to our migrant workers:

1. All migrant workers regardless of status should be provided with medical and health care. As stated under the migrant workers act Section 19, the state is mandated to provide A) Counseling and legal services, and B), Welfare assistance including procurement of medical and hospitalization services.

2. Ensure that labour rights are protected and wages are not withheld by their employers, and their travel documents and passport should be in their possession.

3. If the migrant workers wish to be repatriated, all necessary assistance should be extended by the government.

4. Welfare services should be available at all times. Consular offices, missions, embassies should devise mechanisms to ensure that assistance is available and accessible. A 24/7 hotline should be available to OFWs.

5. This is also a call to the entire migrant community, to work together in this extraordinary time, ensure that the rights of everybody are protected. Let us help in popularizing the culture of migrant workers-helping-other migrant workers, regardless of status, race, religion, and political beliefs. The culture of mutual cooperation, solidarity, caring for the needy and other humanitarian acts will surely help us all in this global emergency.

6. We are also calling upon the national government to provide all necessary services to all returning migrants regardless of status, land-based or sea-based. Governments should provide the necessary welfare, health, psycho-social intervention, and legal services, including repatriation and reintegration of all migrants.

We cannot underscore enough that migrant rights are human rights, and these principles do not take a backseat even during emergencies but should be respected even more.

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[In the news] Mayor Vico Sotto, tiniyak ang sahod ng mga kawani ng Pasig City -GMAnews

Buo na matatanggap ng mga kawani ng Pasig City ang kanilang sahod sa panahong umiiral ang enhanced community quarantine, ayon sa kanilang alkalde na si Vico Sotto.

“Wag kayong mag-alala, tuloy-tuloy kayong makakatanggap ng buong sweldo […] Gagawan natin ng paraan. Basta, mag-ingat, at hangga’t maaari sa bahay lang muna kayo,” sabi ni Sotto sa Facebook post.

“Sa mga empleyado namang nasa Frontlines, meron kayong hazard pay, OT, at iba pang benepisyong maaasahan,” dagdag niya.

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[In the news] DOJ: Police can arrest violators of Luzon lockdown even without warrants -RAPPLER.com

MANILA, Philippines – No more ifs, and, or buts – the Department of Justice (DOJ) made it clear on Tuesday, March 17, that if you are found outside your house and you are not among the narrow exemptions of the Luzon lockdown, then you can be arrested even without a warrant.

“The offense a person may be committing and be held accountable for will depend on each case. But for so long as the en flagrante delicto doctrine is applicable, law enforcers will have a ground to arrest,” DOJ Spokesperson Undersecretary Markk Perete said on Tuesday.

En flagrante delicto is “caught in the act,” one of the conditions under the Rules of Criminal Procedure for state agents to arrest without a warrant.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier said that a warrantless arrest is only allowed if there is assault on the enforcing officer.

But as President Rodrigo Duterte puts the entire island of Luzon in lockdown, including for non-essential workers and with mass transport suspended, the DOJ’s warning is now without caveat.

“Under RA 11332, yes (mere violation is basis for warrantless arrest),” Perete said.

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[In the news] Youth groups raise 7 demands to gov’t to address COVID-19 crisis -Manila Bulletin

Seven national youth groups on Monday have raised seven-point demands in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that has caused worldwide fears and panic.

These groups are Anakbayan, Panday Sining, League of Filipino Students (LFS), National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP), and the Kabataan Party-list.

“The 7-point demands are immediate, concrete, actionable points that the Duterte administration should immediately take to ensure that COVID-19’s danger to Filipinos’ health and livelihoods are mitigated,” Anakbayan Spokesperson Alex Danday said.

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[In the news] Cancer patient from Marikina asks for help to get chemo meds, ends up walking all the way to Quezon City -GMAnews

A leukemia patient based in Marikina City ended up walking all the way to Quezon City to get his chemotherapy medicine due to the lack of public transportation on Tuesday.

Anticipating the lack of vehicles due to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, Hedel Cruz made a sign in advance asking for help in getting to the treatment facility.

The sign read: “Papuntang Q.C Para Sa Aking Chemo Medicines. Makikisakay po! Salamat.”

Hedel shared the sign he made on Facebook with the caption: “Preparing for tomorrow. Tayo-tayo na lang talaga ang magtutulungan. Magtiwala tayo sa kabutihan ng iba sa panahon ng Epidemya.”

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[Statement] Philippines: Respect Fundamental Rights amidst Community Quarantines -Forum-Asia

(Bangkok, 16 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) urges the Government of the Philippines to respect the fundamental rights of its people in the ‘community quarantine’ enforced in Metro Manila, and in other cities and provinces in the country. FORUM-ASIA expresses alarm at the disproportionate response to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), particularly the increased police and military presence in these areas, and urges the Government to prevent the abuse and violation of human rights by the police, military or other state authorities.

Following a recorded increase in cases of COVID-19, President Duterte declared a month-long community quarantine for Metro Manila, or the National Capital Region as a whole, on 12 March 2020. From 15 March 2020 to 14 April 2020, travel to and from Metro Manila will be restricted, along with air, land and sea travel. The police and the military have set up entry checkpoints to Metro Manila. Exceptions on entry are provided to employees working in the region, and those travelling for medical or humanitarian reasons.

Community quarantines were subsequently announced for the Provinces of Iloilo and Ilocos Norte, Davao City, Cebu City, and Iligan City. Local Governments within the quarantined areas have started imposing a 5:00 pm to 8:00 am curfew.

While the President’s Office has claimed that these measures are not a cover for ‘martial law’, and that police and military presence are needed to enforce travel restrictions, civil society organisations are wary about the potential use of force and abuse of power in implementing these measures. The country’s police-led ‘war on drugs’, has led to tens of thousands of deaths and the gross abuse of power by the police. Human rights organisations seeking accountability for extrajudicial killings and other violations related to the ‘war on drugs’, continue to face reprisals, including judicial harassment and violence.

The Secretary of Justice’s assurances that individuals cannot be arrested for violating curfews, unless they ‘assault, slander or bribe’ law enforcement agents[1], fails to provide any real form of reassurance. Since 2016, the police have killed suspected drug users, who supposedly ‘fought back’, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Independent investigations into these deaths have not been conducted, while the vast majority of the police officers involved have not faced criminal nor administrative sanctions.

With this lack of accountability in the police sector, there are no checks or balances to prevent abuse of power. The military has, likewise, been implicated in allegations of torture of suspected terrorists, and of violations against indigenous communities. On the first day of the quarantine, several individuals have already raised reports of corruption and intimidation by the police.[2]

As the country grapples with COVID-19, the Government must promote a response necessary and proportional to the threat faced, while ensuring respect for human rights. An increased military and police presence, and a lack of transparency in their operations, will only lead to the further abrogation of people’s fundamental rights. FORUM-ASIA reiterates the message of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet that human rights and dignity must be front and centre to any response to the pandemic.[3]
FORUM-ASIA urges the Government of the Philippines to:

– Prioritise a public health approach and evidence-based response over police and military-enforced community quarantine, through investing in public health services, and ensuring access to medical services, particularly to the most vulnerable groups;

– Provide clear and concrete guidelines on the community quarantine, including on engagement between the security sector and the public, and ensure clear lines of accountability for any abuse of power;

– Ensure a comprehensive and regular flow of updates, including on government actions; and

– Guarantee open and safe spaces for sharing grievances and complaints against the security sector or other state actors, and provide transparent investigations for these complaints.

About FORUM-ASIA:

FORUM-ASIA is a regional human rights group with 81 member organisations in 21 countries across Asia. FORUM-ASIA has offices in Bangkok, Jakarta, Geneva and Kathmandu. FORUM-ASIA addresses key areas of human rights violations in the region, including freedoms of expression, assembly and association, human rights defenders, and democratisation.

For further information, please contact:

– East Asia and ASEAN Programme, FORUM-ASIA, ea-asean@forum-asia.org

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[Press Release] EcoWaste Coalition Seeks Protection of Waste Handlers in the Fight against COVID-19

The EcoWaste Coalition, a zero waste advocacy group, urged national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs) and private service providers to provide ample protection to workers handling waste as the authorities step up preventive measures to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“It’s a common knowledge that workers who handle, collect and dispose of waste, especially unsorted discards that may contain hazardous and infectious waste, are often at serious risk of being exposed to germs, pathogens, sharps, dust, and harmful chemicals,” said Jove Benosa, Zero Waste Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Despite the risks involved, waste workers unhesitatingly do their job even without any basic personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety gloves, hats and shoes, and face masks. It’s not unusual for them to sort discarded materials to retrieve recyclable items that they can sell to junk shops for added income,” he added.

“Considering the increased disposal of potentially infectious waste such as used face masks and tissues during the COVID-19 outbreak, which are often thrown along with non-hazardous household waste, we thought it would be necessary for concerned NGAs and LGUs to also think about the occupational safety and health of our waste workers in their action plans in response to the situation,” he emphasized.

For the health and safety of waste workers, the EcoWaste Coalition called for strict compliance to waste segregation at source under Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. The “no segregation, no collection” rule should be strictly enforced, the group insisted.

The group also emphasized the importance of providing waste workers with the right set of PPE, and for them to be provided with essential education and training to minimize exposure to biological, chemical and physical hazards linked to their work.

As some legislators are proposing hazard pay for sectors most vulnerable to exposure to coronavirus, especially front-liners in the medical field, the EcoWaste Coalition suggested the inclusion of waste workers among those who should benefit from such a scheme.

“We believe that waste workers are entitled to hazard pay, especially during this period of COVID-19 pandemic. We hope the public and private sectors will duly consider giving them additional compensation in recognition of their high-risk work during these difficult times,” said Benosa.

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[Statement] Emergency Medical Response, Hindi Militarisasyon- iDEFEND

Lubhang nababahala ang In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) sa nagiging tugon ng gobyerno sa pandemyang COVID-19. Sa halip na paigtingin ang kakayahan ng mga ospital at pagamutan upang rumesponde sa lumalalang local transmission sa bansa, minobilisa ang mga sundalo at pulis upang lumikha ng katatakutan at pagkabahala sa mamamayan.

Bukod sa nakakalito at ‘di magkatugmang mga pahayag ng iba’t ibang antas ng pamunuan, walang maayos na sistema ng impormasyon tungkol sa pandemyang ito.

Ang kailangan ng mamamayan ay maagap at mahusay sa serbisyo publiko, hindi curfew; dapat ipakalat ang testing facilities, hindi checkpoints; magbigay ng mura o libreng bakuna kontra pneumonia; magdeploy ng mga duktor at medical personnel, hindi sundalo’t pulis.

Hindi pananakot, kundi organisado, makatuwiran at mapagkakatiwalaang pagpapakita na handa ang pamahalaang kumalinga sa ating pangangailangan, hindi lamang sa usapin ng serbisyong pangkalusugan kundi lalo sa sapat na pagkain, seguridad sa kabuhayan at tulong sa mga mahihirap sa panahon ng krisis na ito.

Tungkulin ng gobyernong tugunan ang pandemya sa balangkas ng pampublikong serbisyong pangkalusugan, hindi peace and order. Ang pinakamalaking suporta ay dapat i-ayon sa pangangailangan ng mga ospital, lokal na pagamutan, at pagdeploy ng medical personnel. Sekondaryo lamang ang suportang kailangan mula sa sandatahang lakas.

Panawagan ng iDEFEND ang pagtatatag ng sistema ng konsultasyon sa mga sector na apektado ng mga patakarang ipinapatupad, tulad ng mga manggagawa, mga estudyante, kababaihan, magbubukid, katutubo, transport sector, medical sector at iba pa, upang tiyaking may pakinabang ang mga desisyong gagawin ng lokal at nasyuonal na pamahalaan.

Sa gitna ng isang public health emergency nananatili ang karapatan ng bawat mamamayan tulad ng karapatan sa akma at tamang impormasyon, malayang pamamahayag, agarang lunas sa karamdaman, karapatan laban sa diskriminasyon, karapatan laban sa tortyur at pagmamalupit, at karapatan sa tamang proseso ng batas.

Ang mga organisasyong kabilang sa iDEFEND ay nananatiling handang tumanggap ng mga report ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao sa panahon ng public health emergency na ito, at mahigpit na nakikipagtulungan sa mga nabanggit na sektor tungo sa mas makabuluhan at maka karapatang pantaong pagtugon sa COVID-19 emergency.

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