Make economic aid mandatory over vaccination—Farmers


The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Department of Health (DOH) recently proposed to make vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory for certain sectors.


MANILA, Philippines — In response to this, an organization of farmers called on the government to instead make the offering of economic aid to vulnerable members of the community mandatory instead.

Ang dapat na gawing mandatory at mabilisan sa ngayon ay ang pagbibigay ng ayuda at pang-ekonomikong tulong sa mamamayan,” said Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Chairperson Danilo Ramos in a statement.

(What must be made mandator and urgent now is the provision of aid and economic assistance to the people.)

“The government can’t just impose a jab on anyone or discriminate against anyone who still hasn’t got the COVID vaccine.

“Convincing people to get a vaccine will be a continuous process of education and public information on the necessity of achieving herd immunity,” he added, noting a high vaccine hesitancy in far-flung rural areas due to “lack of convincing information.”

The government should be concerned with the ensuring of steady livelihood and food accessibility for the Filipinos in addition to their focus on mass inoculation.

“If the majority of the people remain jobless and lacking in livelihood, it will be hard to stay healthy both physically and mentally,” the peasant leader noted.

“In fact, COVID worsened the hunger situation, with food inflation still high at 5.6 percent despite the slower pace of price hike of meat, vegetables, and fish.

Hindi abot-kaya ng masa ang presyo ng pagkain. Wala pang pambili kaya gutom talaga ang marami.”

(Food prices are not affordable to the masses so a lot of people are really getting hungry) (HMP/JuanManila)

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