DOH in betting: Be ‘role models’ by following health protocols

Undersecretary of Health Maria Rosario Vergeire speaks during the Department of Health’s online media forum on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (Screenshot from DOH Facebook page)

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday called on all candidates in the May elections to serve as “role models” during the campaign by showing they adhere to health protocols.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the political events this week, which drew large crowds, were cause for concern and reminded the public that COVID-19 and its variants are still very present in the country.

“Mass gatherings are still not allowed so far, but we have seen that these campaign outings have resulted in a lot of these gatherings,” Vergeire said during the Laging Handa briefing.

She called on all candidates to be the first to respect health protocols.

“To our activists, the candidates, we hope you will serve as role models and show people that everyone should follow safety protocols,” she said.

She also reminded local governments to help the national government enforce health standards to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.

People attending political events should also be careful as they risk getting sick, she said.

The Electoral Commission previously set rules for campaigning amid the pandemic, which include banning handshakes, selfies and house calls.

But some political parties asked for leniency and asked the polling station to allow selfies.

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