Calling medical reservists to active duty proposed

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said that the number of health professionals in the uniformed services might not be enough to help in government’s response against COVID-19 pandemic.

With this the national defense secretary is proposing to call medical reservists to active duty.

“We propose something like calling to active duty those reservist, medical reservist. We’ll call to active duty these people for a period of two years to serve with the AFP,” Secretary Lorenzana during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on August 2.

“And then we propose also that to beef up our health services command to be able to allow us — to be allowed to enlist at least 10,000 people composed of doctors, nurses, medical technologists, medical aide men, and this will become our reserve for any eventuality,” he added. “Mabuti ito, Mr. President, kasi itong mga taong ‘to mauutusan natin, puwede silang mag-overtime, and they will be under the military control. So mas madaling utusan, Mr. President.”

President Duterte said he is “asking Secretary Lorenzana to mobilize, call a mobilization of doctors and nurses and those who can help kung iyan maa — iyan na lang ang maasahan namin, or I might outrightly call for all reservists to work.”