President Rodrigo Duterte is concerned that he is receiving reports regarding the improper disposal of medical wastes.
In his “Talk to the Nation” Monday night, the President emphasized the worldwide commemoration of “World Environment Day” on June 5, which promoted the country's commitment to caring for the environment.
“Sadly, however, the covid-19 crisis has also given a rise to plastic waste and pandemic. The popularity of delivery of services has produced considerable solid waste, such as the delivery of packaging of both food and non-food products. Also, a serious concern is the proper disposal of medical waste. There have been several reports of poor disposal,” he said.
Duterte added that when he was the mayor of Davao City, someone told him that some medical wastes of medicines were allegedly buried in the sand.
Duterte said this was wrong, and he also advised on how to dispose of medical wastes.
“You might as well wait for the garbage men to look the garbage and balutin ninyo ‘yang mga ano ninyo, mga medisina ‘yong naturok na at saka ‘yong mga syringe, balutin ninyo, ibigay ninyo sa basurero,” he said.
Duterte called for proper disposal of medical waste
Recently, some divers in Bauan, Batangas, also reported that they also used face masks.
Meanwhile, Duterte agreed with the proposal of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sec. Salvador Panelo that COVID-19 patients who are not careful not to infect others can be held accountable in the murder case.
Apart from homicide and murder, he said those who violate health protocols can also be held accountable in cases of resistance or disobedience to authorities and violation of Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of the Public Health Concern Act, according to the Panel.