Para lang may masabi ang DOLE at Palasyo sa manggagawa sa May 1, nakiamot lang ito sa IATF ng 5,000 na bakuna, na bukod sa kulang na kulang, ay una nang nailaan para sa mga nasa priority list. Hindi kaya mas makagulo pa ito?
Ang nararapat kasi at mas epektibo ay mabilis at tuloy-tuloy na bakuna at ayuda, hindi pang Labor Day lang na propoaganda.
This is the reason why in yesterday’s meeting with the DOLE, our representatives argued that instead of a one-day vaccine fair for show, the government should rather ramp up the vaccine information drive among workers and also ensure transparency in vaccination drive, including the details of every vaccine purchase.
We likewise urge Congress to infuse public funding for our own vaccine development, even if it may take a year or two to develop our capacities.
And to help ease and accelerate the global production of vaccines and reduce their costs, we called on the national government to support the TRIPS Waiver, which would allow India and other countries in the Global South to ramp up their vaccine production thereby allowing us to have greater access to vaccines. In the medium term, TRIPS Waiver could also help facilitate local production.
Sadly, this ‘little thing’ Labor Day vaccination only highlights how bad and tough the situation is for workers under this incompetent regime. So, what else can we expect from Duterte’s few remaining months in office? Pawang kapalpakan na lang ba ito hanggang katapusan?
28 April 2021
Ref: Atty. Sonny Matula
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