Central Luzon LGUs commended for protecting health workers from discrimination
The Department of Health (DOH) commended local governments in Central Luzon for approving executive orders and ordinances prohibiting discrimination against health workers and those confirmed and suspected coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients.
“These measures protect the fundamental rights of privacy of every person afflicted with COVID-19 as well as persons attending to and responding to their medical needs,” DOH Regional Director Cesar Cassion said in a Philippine Information Agency (PIA) report.
“It also protects their human dignity from being discriminated, humiliated, and being disassociated with. Protection of everyone against any form of discrimination and promotion of equal treatment of people regardless of their status, religion, race, health, physical or medical condition, gender, age, economic status, social status, or occupation is ensured,” he said.
Among those who issued executive orders or passed ordinances include the provincial governments of Tarlac, Bataan, Nueva Ecija and Zambales as well as the city governments of Olongapo and Angeles, according to PIA.
“During this challenging time, we are called to be united and not discriminatory. Unified efforts between government offices will bring us to a shared vision of a COVID-free Central Luzon and ultimately a country unconstrained of this disease,” Cassion said.
“Hence, we encourage the other local governments to push the same initiative in order to eliminate discrimination among their citizens,” he added.
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