Panelo on gov’t pandemic response: Excellent

 By Deighton Acuin


Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Monday the President Rodrigo Duterte Administration’s performance in addressing the coronavirus pandemic response in the Philippines is excellent.

Panelo praised the President’s crisis response, adding the government’s swift plans enabled the country to flatten the virus infection curve.

“The President’s performance in addressing the  pandemic has been excellent in light of the clear success of the government’s efforts to stave off the destructive and adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Panelo said in an interview with the Manila Bulletin.

“The Philippine COVID-19 strategy enabled the flattening of the curve of infection and sufficiently controlled community transmission amongst our populace,” he added, without giving details.

Asked for shortcomings, Panelo saw nothing since it supposedly implied to a comparison with certain standards.

He noted that the new coronavirus had “no precedent” and the challenges arising from the pandemic are new. Every country had to “tailor fit” response to the pandemic with due regard to “geographic, cultural, and economic peculiarities” while learning to deal with the virus.

Panelo also recognized the public’s anxiety on COVID-19 and assured them of efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. He also said the government swiftly activated its policy mechanisms including the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

“The IATF was forced to initially act with a scarcity of knowledge both internationally and domestically. However, as the days passed, the capability, adaptability and ingenuity of our government officials, and health experts, as well as private scientists and consultants, shined through the dark and now, we are enjoying the fruits of their arduous toil,” the Palace official said.

As of Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 489,736 cases with 458,206 recoveries and 9,416 deaths.

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