Siniguro ng Palasyo nitong Marso 2 sa publiko na kayang harapin ng healthcare system ng bansa ang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 pati na ang COVID-19 variants galing UK at South Africa.
“Hindi po natin madi-deny na talagang habang nandiyan ang Covid, talagang mas maraming mahahawa. Ang importante, nasa posisyon tayo na bigyan ng medical attention at tulong iyong mga nangangailangan,” saad ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sa isang press briefing.
Hinikayat niya ang publiko na ipagpatuloy ang pagsunod sa mga health at safety protocol tulad ng pasusuot ng face mask at face shield, physical distancing, at iba pa.
“Ngayong nandiyan na ang bakuna, bakit naman tayo hihindi lalo na at mayroon nang mga bagong variants at lalo na kung ikaw po ay isang medical frontliner,” dagdag pa niya.
Nang tanungin kung magpapatupad ng mas istriktong community quarantine dahil sa paglitaw ng bagong variant, “Alam ninyo naman ang ating quarantine classification ang kinukonsidera iyong two-week attack rate, iyong average daily attack rate at pinakaimportante iyong healthcare utilization rate,” paliwanag ni Spox Roque.
Unang na-detect ang UK variant sa bansa noong Enero 13, 2021 at naiulat ang unang local transmission sa CAR.
Anchored on its mantra, “Sentro ng Katotohanan, Tapat sa Mamamayan”, Balita Central Digital complements and supports the Balita Central newspaper published bi-monthly to combat fake news and to provide the public with easy-to-digest news bits that are sourced solely from the Presidency and government agencies.
Balita Central is under the supervision of the Bureau of Communications Services (BCS), one of the attached agencies of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Launched on February 28, 2019 at the Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 (LRT-2) Cubao Station, Quezon City, it also aims to raise awareness among local communities about the policies, programs, and accomplishments of the Presidency.
Through this platform, Balita Central Digital aims to reach further the online community to deliver more accurate information and communication services in order to educate the citizenry regarding national issues which would enlighten them to be engaged and be empowered in contributing to building a better nation.
Balita Central is situated at the BCS Headquarters located beside the Philippine Cancer Society along San Rafael, San Miguel, Malacañang Complex, Manila City. Its official website address is balitacentral.ph.
For inquiries and feedback, Balita Central may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.