Saturday, 01 August 2020 18:12

Archdiocese of Manila heeds the call of Medical Frontliners for a “Time Out”

Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila has released on Saturday, August 1, 2020, a Pastoral Instruction titled “We Hear the Call” in support of the appeal of the medical frontliners to have a “time out” for a period of two weeks.

“We share the compassion of the medical front liners for the many sick people being brought to our hospitals. We have witnessed their dedicated service to those who come to them. Many among them are tired and even discouraged by their heavy responsibilities. So we support their appeal for a ‘time out,’” Bishop Pabillo said.

“We understand that they call for this not only for their own respite, though they truly need one. They call for a period of time to reassess the response that we as a country have to this pandemic. It seems that the current responses are not working because the cases are rising after four months and a half of quarantine,” he added.

Earlier, in a press conference held by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), medical associations and societies have appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Health (DOH) to re-impose to the Greater Manila Area the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) because of the continued rise of the number of infections.

According to Dr. Jose Santiago, President, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) the said period will serve as a “time out” to the exhausted doctors and nurses who work for almost five months as well as a time for the government to diversify its strategies in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a response to the call of the medical people, the bishop said all the churches and shrines in the Archdiocese of Manila will revert to the period of the ECQ) protocols.

“We will not hold public religious activities from August 3 to August 14 but we continue our online religious activities. We will also use this time to evaluate our church response to the pandemic and see how we can improve them,” he said.

The Bishop also encouraged the faithful to be generous to its neighbor even though many families suffer from the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“So we appeal for generosity. We hear the call of Jesus: “Give them something to eat” (Mt14:16). Let us give whatever we can, however little it may be, so that no one may suffer the pangs of hunger,” he said.

At the end of his Pastoral Instruction, Bishop Pabillo urged the people to continue praying for the safety and protection of all the people and to lift everything to the Lord.

“Let us intensify our prayers that our frontliners may be kept safe, that those who are sick may get well soon, and that all our families be protected from the virus. We offer our prayer and fasting with trust because “nothing is impossible with God” (Lk 1:37). He is powerful and He loves us,” he said.

As of August 1, 2020, DOH announced through its Facebook page that there are 4,963 new cases of COVID-19. The total confirmed cases in the Philippines are now 98,232. Of the confirmed cases, 30,928 are active. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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