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Anakalusugan party-list urges candidates: Observe election health protocols
Healthcare advocate AnaKalusugan Partylist on Friday reminded candidates for the 2022 national and local elections to always adhere to minimum public health standards even as in-person campaign activities have started.
Amid throngs of jam-packed crowds from election campaign rallies, AnaKalusugan nominee Ray Reyes stressed political parties should always ensure that health protocols are followed as large gatherings could lead into a resurgence in COVID-19 infections.
“Much as we are excited to welcome our supporters and explain our platform and plans for the country, campaign rally organizers have the responsibility to take into consideration the health and well-being of our followers attending these events. It is better to be safe than suffer the consequences of being complacent,” Reyes said.
“We cannot afford to have these political rallies turn into super spreader events,” he added. The AnaKalusugan bet likewise urged parties and their supporters attending political rallies to exercise utmost caution and prudence, such as maintaining physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and ensuring ventilation for large events.
The public may also continue supporting their bets through virtual rallies and social media, he said.
“We are still in a pandemic situation and any large gathering may trigger a super spreader event. While we welcome these exercises are concrete and tangible manifestations of our healthy democracy, we should always act responsibly,” Reyes said.
“We urge our supporters and the public to get vaccinated already against COVID-19 to ensure that we can safely return to our homes and families without the fear of getting the virus, even as we participate in these large-scale events,” he added. The 90-day election campaign period for the national candidates in the May 9 election started February 8.
The Comelec earlier reminded candidates of the restrictions that will be implemented for in-person campaigning such as gathering a large group of people as well as entering houses, kissing, handshaking, and even taking selfies, among others.