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In the Front Lines

by Jan Edmund Dominic Bailon

December 31, 2021

My name is Jed, the current Vice President of GM Bicol. My day job is as a Population Program Officer under the Provincial Health Office of Albay and during my free time, I do volunteer work in GM. As a person in the frontline battling the COVID-19 pandemic myself, I've seen the value of what our group does to serve the PLHIV community amid the pandemic and to health workers who are looking after them.

At the onset of the pandemic, we were all caught unprepared. The supplies of protective gear were not enough. The capacity of our hospitals and primary health

care facilities were also faced with a great amount of challenge - hospitals getting full, the health professional to patient ratio soared high unfavorable to our medical front-liners, and more people getting sick that needed medical attention.

GM Bicol served as a venue for people to course through their help. As an organization, we are able to provide relief packs to some medical front-liners. I am very pleased that we were able to do this as a public health nurse myself.

We, all long to return to normal, but the normal leads to this. Let’s face the reality and live without uncertainties that this will be the new normal: Face masks, Face shields, PPEs; a handful of positive attitude and kindness, are the best way

to move forward and face the challenges head-on of our new normal.

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