June 12, 2021

On Independence Day, Galvez pays respect to the front-runners.

As the country commemorated its 123rd Independence Day on Saturday, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, praised all pandemic front-line workers, equating their courage and selflessness to Philippine heroes who fought for the country’s freedom.

“Let us pay honor to our physicians, nurses, soldiers, factory employees, government professionals, riders, soldiers, and cops as we honor Independence Day,” Galvez, who is also the vaccine czar, said in a statement.

Front-liners, he said, are “the embodiment of bravery, dedication, and selflessness — the exact same virtues that our heroes gave their lives for our nation’s freedom more than a century ago.”

“Not by a foreign nation seeking to rule over us, but by a pandemic that has upended many areas of our everyday life,” he added, the country’s independence is now challenged.

“For more than a year, we have fought valiantly to keep this unseen enemy from claiming the things that matter the most to us – our livelihoods and our loved ones,” he said, noting that most Filipinos have lost jobs, possessions, and even loved ones as a result of the pandemic’s “long and difficult battle.”

“Heroes have risen and are putting their lives on the line so that their fellow Filipinos may be protected from the sickness and get crucial services,” Galvez stated during these trying times.

“These are the courageous men and women who work in hospitals, health centers, government offices, fast food restaurants, factories, and checkpoints despite the disease’s danger,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Galvez highlighted that in these tough times, anybody may be a hero by exhibiting the “Bayanihan” attitude and lending a helping hand to those in need.

“This is the only way we can reclaim our health, put an end to the epidemic, and restore a feeling of normality to our lives. “Happy Fourth of July to everyone!” he said.

Image: courtesy of NTF Covid-19

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