The Office of the Vice President’s Bayanihan E-Konsulta program will cease operations on May 31.
The program was designed to address the surge in COVID-19 cases and had launched by the OVP on April 7, 2021.
“Nais po naming ipaalam na magtatapos na ang serbisyo ng Bayanihan E-Konsulta (BEK) sa Martes, May 31, 2022,” the OVP said in a statement.
“Taos-puso kaming nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng nakiisa sa inisyatibo nating ito upang makapaghatid ng kinakailangang tulong medikal sa ating mga kababayan ngayong panahon ng COVID-19 pandemic.”
Medical and non-medical professionals provided help through the program that linked patients to healthcare practitioners for consultations, leading to a decongestion of hospitals.
“Sa lahat ng ating volunteer doctors, nurses, at iba pang medical professionals, pati na rin sa mga non-medical volunteers na naglaan ng kanilang oras at kakayahan para maging matagumpay ang ating programa, maraming salamat po sa inyo,” the OVP said.
The OVP thanked its partners for giving the program a wider reach.
“Sama-sama, pinatunayan natin: Walang imposible sa taumbayang nagkakaisa para iangat ang kaniyang kapwa,” it added.
Those who knew how important the program was at the height of the pandemic are sad to see it go.
Napapaiyak na naman ako. But im hoping the Angat Buhay Foundation will continue. Better din if new DOH Secretary starts something like this. Tap volunteerism presumptive P. https://t.co/UPSLWWpVVg
— Teddy B. Baguilat (@TeddyBaguilatJr) May 23, 2022
Supporters hope the program will [also] be converted into an NGO, a route that the Angat Buhay program is slated to take.
This saddens me but I hope there will be some equivalent in the Angat Buhay NGO. https://t.co/YtMiD21PYx
— Citizen Jane (@citizenjaneph) May 23, 2022
Bayanihan e-Konsulta will conclude in eight days. My honor to be part of this program that saved many lives during this pandemic. Your volunteer management head, forever signing out. #BayanihanEKonsulta pic.twitter.com/xHT0Ojd8Gk
— rejinel (@rejinelvalencia) May 23, 2022
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