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DAY OF VALOR | Philippines launch campaign to laud first responders
April 8, 2020 , 01:12 PM

(APRIL 8, 2020) – The government‘s super-agency dealing with the coronavirus crisis on Wednesday urged the public to applaud the doctors, nurses, and allied health workers, as well as other essential personnel in the fight against the highly contagious respiratory disease, calling them the country’s “real-time heroes.”

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, also the spokesman of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the management of emerging infectious diseases (IATF), asked the public to honor them by going to their doors and windows and clapping every 5 p.m. starting on Thursday, April 9, 2020 until the end of the lockdown on April 30, 2020, to show appreciation for their efforts in curbing the virus.

April 9 coincides with the Philippines’ celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan, or “Day of Valor,” which commemorates the gallant stand of Filipino and American forces during World War II.

“Every day beginning tomorrow, we urge our countrymen to go to their doorways or windows to applaud the medical workers, police, military, skeleton workforce from the private and public sector, LGU employees distributing relief good and to the members of the media,” Nograles said in his regular press briefing.

Similar efforts have been done in other places like Singapore, the United Kingdom, New York City, Rome, Madrid, and Amsterdam, among others.

Those who want a more techie approach can share videos of themselves singing or dancing in different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok, to show love and “good vibes” amid the battle against the pandemic.

Several videos have gone viral in social media of netizens serenading health workers, and those on-duty personnel singing to their co-workers in between breaks.

As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen to 3,764, including 177 deaths and 84 recoveries. (Randell Ritumalta/MM)

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