For this doctor mom frontlining in Cebu City, serving her community is one way to show her love for her family
Daisy Villa is a doctor of 26 years who is now among the frontliners monitorying 80 barangays in Cebu.
The dangers of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is double for her: Dr. Daisy has diabetes, bronchial asthma and hypertension. But she prods along.
"Natatakot ako para sa sarili ko dahil mayroon akong karamdaman din. At natatakot din ako para sa pamilya ko dahil baka ako ang makakahawa sa kanila," Daisy admits in a Brigada episode of "Frontliners."
"Pero kahit gaano ako katakot, gusto ko pa rin ipagpatuloy 'yung pinaggagawa ko dahil hindi lang sa tungkulin, dahil ayaw ko talagang mag-makasarili," Dr. Daisy said.
Together with her team, Dr. Daisy makes sure that they are able to visit every corner of the barangays and conduct swab tests. "Kahit saang sulok o anong sikip ng dadaanan namin, pinapasok talaga namin," she narrated.
It is an uncomfortable job, too. According to Dr. Daisy, wearing layers of personal protective equipment (PPE) makes their task extra difficult.
"Sa panahon ngayon na napaka-init at pumasok kami sa area na maraming positive cases, na nakasuot ng kumpletong PPEs talagang napakahirap dahil sobra kaming naiinitan at pinagpapawisan," she said.
She is accompanied by her daughter Lyka, who considers Dr. Daisy an inspiration.
"As a mom and as a doctor, una talagang kita ko is 'yung pagiging dedicated niya, she embodies what it truly means to be a public servant," said Lyka who immediately applied to the Department of Health as soon as her oath-taking took place just last January.
For Dr. Daisy, her job is more than just status.
"Ang pagiging doctor, hindi lang isang prestihyosong trabaho. At least alam din natin na mas marami tayong napo-protektahan, kasama na ang ating pamilya na kasama sa isang komunidad," she said.
For Dr. Daisy, serving the community to protect her family is one way of showing her love for her family.
The Brigada report said there are 879 positive cases in the area where Dr Daisy serves as a frontliner, according to Cebu City Health Department as of May 2, 2020.