Eleazar supports call for gov’t to refocus towards confidence building

Eleazar supports call for gov’t to refocus towards confidence building

File photo of retired PNP chief and senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar with wife Lally after he filed his certificate of candidacy for the forthcoming May 9 national and local elections. (Photo: General Eleazar’s Media Friends)

MANILA — With the government’s coronavirus pandemic response efforts continuing to register positive developments, economic experts have advised that confidence-building should now be the focus so that we can steadily maintain our direction towards normalcy and recovery. 

In this, former Philippine National Police chief and senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar has expressed support, saying that strengthening the confidence of the people is the next logical step in order for us to achieve normalcy and recover from the economic downturn that has impacted our lives since the (coronavirus) pandemic struck the country more than a year ago. 

“Tama nga naman, ngayon bumubuti na ang ating sitwasyon, kailangan nating pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga bagay na magpapanumbalik sa ating maayos na kabuhayan kaya habang nag-iingat ang ating mamamayan laban sa Covid-19, ang ating gobyerno ay dapat mag-focus sa mas mahahalagang prayoridad tulad ng pagpapaigting ng kumpiyansa sa buong bansa, partikular na sa business sector para nagkalakas ng loob na mulling mamuhunan sa pagnenegosyo,” Eleazar pointed out.  

According to socioeconomic planning secretary and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) director-general Karl Kendrick Chua, the government needs to facilitate a shift to an ‘endemic’ mindset and this can be done through a change in the primary metrics used for decision-making and is being reported to the public.

“Instead of total cases and deaths, the focus should be on the total severe or critical cases, the case fatality ratio, and total vaccinated,” Chua, who also heads the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), reiterated while proposing a 10-point policy agenda that, he said, would accelerate the country’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare the country for future pandemics. 

In agreement, Eleazar also underscored the importance of shifting from a pandemic to an endemic paradigm that would empower Filipinos to learn how to live with the virus even as it will enable the implementation of a policy that would leverage our economic gains and allow our country to recover to the pre-pandemic level in early 2022.

“Dapat magkatuwang ang pag-ingat laban sa sakit habang ang ating gobyerno naman ay bumabalangkas ng mga polisiya at programa Para sa mabilis nating pag-recover at pagbabalik sa normalidad,” the retired national police chief stressed. 

Meanwhile, Chua is pushing for a policy agenda that would cover areas in metrics, vaccination, healthcare capacity, economy and mobility, schooling, domestic and international travel, digital transformation, pandemic flexibility and medium-term preparation for pandemic resilience.

(ai/mtvn)

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