Tolentino pushes inclusion of LGUs, private sector in IATF

Tolentino pushes inclusion of LGUs, private sector in IATF

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — In order to have a much synchronize approach in dealing with various
polices connected with the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Francis ‘Tol’
Tolentino is pushing for the inclusion of the Union of Local Authorities in
the Philippines (ULAP) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (PCCI) in the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of
Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

In an interview with radio DZRH on Sunday, Tolentino, chair of the
Senate committee on local government stressed that the different
provincial governments across the archipelago, as well as other local
government units and those in the private sector should have a voice
within the national government’s highest policy-making body that deals
with the global health crisis.

Tolentino cited the case of the Cebu Provincial government, wherein it
has different quarantine protocols for arriving passengers at the
Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA)—a swab upon arrival policy—to
somehow ease their burden and expenses since many of them were OFWs
that were displaced in their respective jobs abroad due to the
pandemic.

The said policy in Cebu led to IATF’s action to divert all MCIA-bound
international flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
(NAIA).

“Mahirap naman po nag i-impose lang po sa itaas, yung pasusunurin
malalaman na lang po yung mga dapat gawin sa balita, sa radyo, sa
telebisyon. Dapat kasali po sila table, sa lamesa, sa pag-uusap para
po maiwasan na po natin ang ganitong hidwaan, considering that LGUs
are the first and last institutional frontliners in this war,” said
Tolentino

According to Tolentino, the LGUs and the private sector’s inputs
should be recognized by the national government since they know the
actual situation on the ground

Synchronizing the recommendations of the national government, LGUs and
the private sector according to Tolentino will prevent conflicting
policies over health protocols and other matters as far as dealing
with the pandemic is concerned and to pave way for a swift economic
recovery. (AI/MTVN)

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