Ni Monica N. Ladisla
Source: PCOO
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Hinikayat ni Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary at National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Chief Karl Chua na mas paigtingin pa ang implementasyon ng prevent, detect, isolation, treat, at recover (PDITR) strategy ng gobyerno sa NCR Plus.

“ECQ alone does not reduce the spike in the COVID-19 cases. The solution is to further enhance our implementation of the PDITR strategy with clear targets to achieve,” pahayag ni Sec. Chua.

Aniya, mapipigilan ng extended lockdown sa Metro Manila at apat pang karatig nitong probinsya ang pag-usbong ng 215,000 na bagong kaso ng COVID-19 subalit 350,000 naman ang mawawalan ng trabaho ayon sa datos mula sa NEDA.

“The latest data show that we are at a critical juncture. Our collective actions today will spell the difference between containment and further spread of the virus,” ani Sec. Chua.

Subalit sa kabila nito, iniulat din ni Sec. Chua na sa loob ng dalawang linggong ECQ sa NCR Plus, 252,000 katao ang nawalan ng trabaho at aabot sa 102,000 ang mas nalugmok sa kahirapan.

“The more stringent quarantine in NCR Plus translates to a daily household income loss of P2.1 billion or almost P30 billion for the two-week period. All in all, the two-week ECQ may shave off 0.8 percentage point from the country’s full-year economic growth in 2021,” ulat ni Sec. Chua.

Naniniwala rin si Sec. Chua na hindi lamang pagpapatupad ng lockdown ang solusyon sa kasalukuyang pandemya.

“ECQ alone does not reduce cases. It simply buys time. Thus, we need to further intensify testing, tracing, quarantine, isolation, treatment, and vaccination,” ani Sec. Chua.

Bukod pa umano rito, “Enforcing minimum health protocols and monitoring compliance, building more isolation facilities, accelerating vaccine deployment to the vulnerable sectors, and implementing the additional social amelioration program are all needed,” suhestiyon ni Sec. Chua.


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