‘National Week of Prayer’ declared

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    4th week of March 22 is `National Week of Prayer’

    PRESIDENT Duterte has declared the fourth week of March as “National Week of Prayer” amid the rising number of confirmed cases and local transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

    The President, in Proclamation 934 signed on March 21, urged  Filipinos to offer prayers in a bid to “defeat this invisible enemy, with the aid and blessing of God.”

    Duterte said the State recognizes the religious nature of Filipinos and the vital role of faith in bringing about peace, solidarity, compassion, and heroism in times of adversity.

    “During the aforesaid week, I urge all Filipinos of all faiths, religious traditions, and backgrounds to unite our hearts in prayer as we face the COVID-19 threat, fixing our eyes on the Almighty in this time of affliction,” he said in the proclamation.

    The President asked the Filipinos to pray for the recovery of those who had contracted the disease, to pray for the comfort of people who lost their loved ones to COVID-19, and to pray for the protection of all especially the most vulnerable sectors of society

    Duterte also asked or prayers for the safety, strength and endurance of the frontliners — medical professionals and health workers, military and law enforcement officers, government officials and personnel dealing with the threat, and all Filipinos who are working to protect communities.

    The Department of Health (DOH) said 380 persons have been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus, which has claimed 25 lives in the country.

    The President has declared a state of public health emergency and a state of calamity in the entire country due to the COVID-19.

    Duterte also initially placed the entire Metro Manila under a community quarantine, which he later expanded to an enhanced community quarantine covering the entire Luzon. Over the weekend, he declared a total lockdown covering Luzon.

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