Thursday, October 29, 2020

Spox. Roque: Worst Of COVID-19 Is Over

Spox. Roque: Worst Of COVID-19 Is Over

Spotlight

Phoenix Introduces New FamilyMart Retail Format Through Cebu Stores

FamilyMart opens three new compact stores in Cebu, offering a unique customer experience in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SM Wins 15 Awards From HK’s CG Asia Magazine

SM Investments Corporation continues to be recognized abroad as it recently bagged 15 awards in the 10th Asian Excellence Awards 2020 of Hong Kong magazine Corporate Governance Asia.

GSIS Offers Computer Loan For Members

GSIS, ilulunsad ang Computer Loan Program upang matulungan ang mga miyembro nito at kanilang pamilya sa pagbili ng computer o laptop na gagamitin para sa kanilang mga trabaho o virtual classes ng kanilang mga anak.

Celebrate The Holidays With MMFF 2020, Globe, And Upstream

Globe and its partners also encourages moviegoers to fight online privacy.

Malacañang on Wednesday claimed that the worst of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis is over since the country has been able to improve its healthcare capacity significantly.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque responded to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that more Filipinos believe that “the worst of the Covid-19 crisis is yet to come.”

“Naintindihan po natin yung pessimism ng ating kababayan dahil napakahirap po talaga nitong pandemiya na dinulot nito. Pero ang masasabi ko lang po (I understand the pessimism of our citizens because the situation is really difficult now. But all I can say is) the worst is over,” he said in an interview over PTV-4.

Roque said the country hit rock bottom when it entered into recession for the first time in almost 30 years last month with a 16.5-percent economic plunge in the second quarter due to the lockdowns.

But now that the economy has started to open up, he said Filipinos must learn to live with the virus by maintaining minimum health standards at all times.

“Ang ating panawagan sa lahat, puwede po tayong mabuhay na nandyan pa ang Covid dahil hanggang wala naman bakuna, walang gamot talagang matatagalan ang ating pandemiya (Our appeal to everyone is, we can live with Covid because until there is no vaccine, there is no medicine, the pandemic will stay for a long time),” he said.

He said Covid-19 does not mean that livelihood has to stop.

“Puwede naman pong mabuhay basta pag-ingatan po ang ating mga kalusugan para tayo ay makapaghanapbuhay (We can live as long as we take care of our health so we can pursue our livelihoods),” he said.

The SWS survey which was conducted from July 3 to 6 and released on Tuesday, showed that 57 percent of Filipinos believe that the worst-case scenario of the Covid-19 pandemic is yet to come.

According to the survey, this was a 10-point jump from last May’s survey results, where 47 percent of Filipinos said the worst-case scenario of the ongoing pandemic has not yet arrived.

More Covid-19 tests

Roque also responded to the remark made by Vice President Leni Robredo that there should be more Covid-19 tests since the average 30,000 tests per day is “no longer enough.”

“Of course, nothing will ever be enough for someone na hindi nakikita ng kahit anong mabuti sa pamahalaan (who doesn’t see anything good that the government is doing),” he said.

He touted anew how the Philippines currently has the “best testing policy” in Asia, but also emphasized the need to sustain the gains.

“Ipagpapatuloy pa natin ito dahil kung kinakailangan dapat tayo ang pinakamataas sa testing sa buong mundo. Kung kakayanin natin bakit hindi (We have to continue this because if necessary, we should have the highest testing capacity in the entire word. If we can do it, why not),” he said.

In an interview over GMA, Robredo emphasized the need to increase testing since the goal is to have less than 5 percent positivity rate or the percentage of patients who have positive results, which is the standard of the World Health Organization.

Merry Christmas

With just 100 days until Christmas Day, Roque expressed hope that Filipinos would experience a “merry Christmas” where they are safe, healthy, and with their families.

“(Ang) merry Christmas nasa puso naman natin yan basta tayo po’y kapiling natin mga pamilya, ligtas sa sakit, tayo po’y magkakaroon ng merry Christmas kung tayo po’y buhay. Yan ay enough reason para magkaroon tayo ng merry Christmas sa panahon ng pandemiya (A merry Christmas will be in our hearts as long as we’re with our families, free from illness, we’ll have a merry Christmas while we’re alive. That’s enough reason for us to have a merry Christmas at the time of a pandemic),” he said.

Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope that the world would be Covid-free by December should a vaccine be developed. (PNA)

Photo Credit: www.pcoo.gov.ph

Latest News

Ombudsman May Suspend Local Officials Over Delayed Aid

President Rodrigo Duterte warns local government officials anew that the Office of the Ombudsman could order their suspension over delays in the distribution of cash aid for low-income families.

Palace: Red Cross Testing Halt Not Crippling Contact Tracing

Malacañang disagrees with the claim made by researchers that the decision of the Philippine Red Cross to stop conducting tests that are being charged to the PhilHealth will “cripple” the government’s isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing programs.

Roque: DepEd Needs Vehicles To Deliver Modules

Malacañang defends the purchase of over 100 service vehicles worth PHP1.5 million each, saying they will be used to deliver modules to students and teachers under the distance learning setup.

Gatchalian Seeks Better Quality Assurance Of Distance Learning Materials

"Sa pagpapatuloy ng edukasyon sa panahon ng pandemya ng COVID-19, hindi lamang ang paraan ng pagtuturo ang dapat nating tutukan. Kailangang siguruhin din natin na tama ang mga araling itinuturo natin sa ating mga kabataan. Sa pagsuri natin sa bawat aralin, ang kaalaman ng mahigit 22 milyong mag-aaral ang nakasalalay."

TCS Launches goIT Education Program In The PH

Tata Consultancy Services' program provides vital technology training for students to improve their communities and secure the nation's digital future.

Morissette, Jason, And Kikx To Drop Midnite Remix Of ‘Diyan Ba Sa Langit’

Morisette and Jason Dy drop a song for the departed loved ones, in time for the All Souls' Day.

WHO: World Had Highest Tally Of COVID-19 Cases Last Week

Last week saw the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported so far, and 46 percent of all the global cases were from the European region accounting for nearly one-third of all deaths, the two top World Health Organization officials said.

New Study Finds Businesses’ Shift To Digital During COVID-19 Could Be Permanent

It seems that the digital era is here to stay, especially for businesses. What can you say about this?

Tarlac City Elderlies Get Free Flu Vaccine

More than 1,500 senior citizens in Tarlac city were administered with flu vaccine on Tuesday to boost their fight against COVID-19.

Bacolod City Requires Travelers To Register For Contact Tracing

Individuals staying in Bacolod city who are seeking authority to travel are now required to register in the Bacolod Contact Tracing System.