- Vice President Leni Robredo said she is positive that the Philippines can still defeat COVID-19 despite ranking low in a medical journal in terms of COVID-19 suppression
- She said the government should believe in data, science and experts
- Robredo made suggestions on how to help improve the government’s COVID-19 response
Vice President Leni Robredo reminded the public that she and the opposition are only trying to help because they don’t want the government to fail.
Through a video stream on her Facebook page, Robredo said, “Ididiin ko: Gusto lang naming tumulong. Ayaw naming mabigo ang gobyerno, dahil kapag nabigo ang gobyerno, tayong mga Pilipino ang magdurusa, tayong mga Pilipino ang magkakas
akit at mamam atay. Malaki ang problema, kaya dapat lahat tayo may puwedeng iambag. Hindi ito panahon para ipagdiinan ang hidwaang Administrasyon o Oposisyon. Sa panahong ito, ang mahalaga, Pilipino tayong lahat.”
Robredo mentioned the study made by independent medical journal The Lancet, which ranked the Philippines 66th out of 91 countries in terms of COVID-19 suppression. The study showed 19 countries have “successfully suppressed” the virus, 10 of which are in Asia Pacific. She said despite this, she still has high hopes that the Philippine government can defeat COVID-19.
“Wala akong duda na kaya rin nating maabot ang nangyari sa labingsiyam na bansang nagtagumpay laban sa pandemya ayon sa Lancet study […] Malinaw sa akin kung ano ang nagtatahi sa kanila: Naniwala sila sa datos, sa agham, at sa mga eksperto,” she said.
Robredo said the government should target a positivity rate of below 5% and a virus reproduction rate of not exceeding 1 by the end of October.
She also suggested for the government to provide additional support to local government units (LGUs). She also said that more assistance should be provided to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) badly affected by the pandemic.
Robredo also urged the government to help provide jobs for Filipinos who lost their livelihood amid the pandemic. She also said it’s better that a massive deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine once available is prepared.