‘Walang tutol kung may tulong’: Netizens weigh in on proposed lockdown extension

Sofia Virtudes
‘Walang tutol kung may tulong’: Netizens weigh in on proposed lockdown extension
‘Wala naman sigurong tututol sa extended lockdown kung meron lang tuloy-tuloy na ayuda at tulong para sa mga walang trabaho,’ a Twitter user points out

MANILA, Philippines – For a good number of Filipinos, the question isn’t about extending the lockdown, but of whether or not the government will provide needed assistance should the lockdown be extended.

Last Saturday, April 4, National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr said the government was studying the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine by 15 to 20 days, from its initial scheduled end on April 12.

As the number of cases in the Philippines continues to rise unabated, Galvez said there is a “huge possibility” that they would not lift the lockdown on its initial schedule. (READ: Coronavirus cases in PH: Are we seeing the true picture yet?)

But is extending the lockdown the best option for everyone?

Make no mistake: many do think so, but they also believe modifications to its implementation need to be made, with more stringent measures present when it comes to ensuring assistance for vulnerable communities.


 

How about extending help first?

Many netizens pointed out that everyone would willfully coordinate with an extension, provided the government intensified its relief efforts, particularly for households whose main source of income was affected by the public health crisis. 

One Twitter user shared their household had not received any food rations from the government since the lockdown was put in place.

 

Another user pointed out, Wala naman sigurong tututol sa extended lockdown kung meron lang tuloy-tuloy na ayuda at tulong para sa mga walang trabaho. (No one would contest the extended lockdown if assistance and support was provided and maintained for those who lost their jobs.)

 

How about a more concrete plan?

Netizens also lamented that, in order for the lockdown to be effective, it had to be coupled with concrete and efficient measures.

Some called for modifications to the implementation of the lockdown. 

Some also suggested allowing for more services to stay up as communities continued to struggle with limited services, such as public transportation, whose suspension affected many Filipinos.

What about the poor?

While many agree that it would be best for everyone to extend the quarantine, some expressed dissent, spotlighting the plight of the poor, which has been among the most vulnerable sectors in this crisis. (READ: ‘Walang-wala na’: Poor Filipinos fear death from hunger more than coronavirus)

On Sunday, April 5, Vice President Leni Robredo had expressed support for lockdown extension, saying that the proposed lockdown extension would help “flatten the curve.”

But the vice president reiterated that the government would have to ensure that it would be able to provide the needs of poor families affected by the lockdown.

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to officially declare whether or not he will extend the Luzon-wide quarantine.

The number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 3,660, with 414 new reported cases as of Monday, April 6.

What do you think about the proposed lockdown extension? Share your thoughts with us. – Rappler.com