BARANGAY leaders are being asked to be on the lookout for discrimination against coronavirus infected patients.
In a resolution by Mylen Yaranon that was approved in this week's regular session, all barangay officials and the residents have been reminded to avoid acts of discrimination against Covid-19 patients and their families.
"There were reports of acts of discrimination committed by officials and residents of a certain barangay with the City of Baguio towards a Covid-19 patient. To add insult to injury, photos were even posted on social media showing the patient's home being cordoned off," said Yaranon.
She said the City Council does not look kindly on the incidents, "rather, it is highly disappointed and condemns such acts of discrimination in the strongest possible manner. Covid-19 and their families do not lose their humanity and their entitlement to basic human rights upon being the former infected with the disease. To discriminate a person for being afflicted with any disease is a remnant of a by-gone era where blind ignorance reigned. Thus, such actions have no place in our modern society."
Yaranon said because of this sad and deplorable incident, it is now up to the City Council to strongly remind the barangay officials and residents of the city to avoid any acts of discrimination towards Covid-19 patients and their families.
"It must be reminded that such acts of discrimination towards them are penalized under our existing ordinance. None of us wanted this to happen and instead of treating them unfairly, they deserve our compassion and understanding during these times that all of us are struggling. We are better than this; by looking out for our neighbors, we look out for ourselves," she said.