MANILA – The healthy relationship and firm coordination among the national government, local government units (LGUs), and the business sectors had contributed to the improvement of the country’s response on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, National Action Plan (NAP) on Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said Saturday.
Galvez, also the presidential peace adviser, said the government and the private sectors should work together in these trying times.
“Bayanihan can only be in place if there will be a good relationship between the private and the public sector and also with the community,” he said during the meeting of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team of the Province of Bulacan in Malolos City.
Galvez also cited the contributions of the business sectors in the country’s responses to the pandemic.
He said the private sectors have been involved in building more quarantine facilities in the country amid the health crisis.
The business sectors, Galvez said has been providing Covid-19 rapid test or the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, donating in-kinds, helping the government to build mega isolation facilities, and providing support to the healthcare workers.
“Nakikita po natin na yung ating limited resources ay nadaragdagan dahil meron po tayong katuwang na business sectors (As we see, our limited resources are backed up because we have partners from the business sectors),” he added.
The government has been collaborating with the private sectors in intensifying efforts on testing, tracing, and treating (3Ts) mechanisms to combat the Covid-19, Galvez said.
Challenges, contact tracing
Meanwhile, Galvez said one of the challenging parts of the crisis response is securing that there will be no more Covid-19 positive to quarantine at home.
“We see a lot of cities experiencing spikes of Covid-19 cases because of home quarantine procedures. There are thousands of cases reported in their areas because there are also thousands of people undergoing home quarantine. It should no longer be allowed,” he said.
He reiterated that the government should strengthen its efforts on contact tracing capacity.
“Contact tracing is a very important tool,” he said, noting that for every Covid-19 infected person, there should be 30 people to be traced.
Galvez said community transmission can cause problems to Covid-19 response—since it is hard to trace where the infection came from.
The government he said is imposing lockdowns to provide a surgical approach when there is a sudden spike of Covid-19 cases.
He proposed the involvement of Barangay officials and workers to the massive contact tracing efforts of the government.
He said the more than five million barangay officials and workers nationwide could partake in the contact tracing.
“Kung idedeploy natin sila, more than five million po yan sa buong Pilipinas at hindi na kailangan maghire (If we are going to deploy them, they are more than five million in the Philippines and we don’t need to hire more contact tracers),” Galvez said. (PNA)