COVID-19 frontliners highlighted as modern-day heroes during Araw ng Kagitingan

Aileen Cerrudo

While the rest stay at home to keep safe from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), frontliners are risking their lives in service to the country.

Health workers continue to treat the sick while exposing themselves to the virus.

The police and the military man checkpoints to ensure peace and order amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), while blue-collared workers make sure everything else remains in order.

“I cannot stay at home, I’m a nurse.”

This was the hashtag Raul Della Eslao captioned in his profile picture. A registered nurse in the United States (US), Eslao fulfilled his duties as one of the frontliners in Michigan. Twelve days after he changed his profile photo on March 19, he succumbed to the virus.

Dr. Greg Macasate was among the first frontliners to fall to the virus. He dedicated the remainder of his life to treating COVID-19 patients.

The Manila Doctors Hospital called Macasaet a brave man and one of the best anesthesiologists in the country.

These are just a few of the brave modern heroes who served the country during the fight against COVID-19.

Araw ng Kagitingan or the Day of Valor commemorates the bravery of Filipinos during the battle in Bataan on April 9, 1942.

On the 78th commemoration of the Day of Valor, the Philippines is giving praises to the modern-day heroes.

As the country continues its fight against COVID-19, it is the bravery of the frontliners that gave Filipinos hope that this will all come to pass.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), 252 health workers have already been infected with COVID-19 with 11 confirmed deaths.

The PNP also recorded 22 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 7 with two recorded deaths.

Meanwhile, netizens, including known personalities, dedicated this day to the frontliners and thanked them for their valor and service to the country.

Franklin Jucaban Jr. decide to become a full-time Grab driver after the declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). In a Facebook post of Grab Philippines, they lauded his efforts as a frontliner who serve his fellowmen.

“Hindi na nila kailangang umalis sa kanilang trabaho o tahanan para bumili ng gusto nilang kainin (They no longer need to leave their work or homes to buy the food they want),” he said.

Several of the frontliners have already fallen but the fight continues, and this time, there will be no surrender. –AAC

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