Biyahero galing China ‘di kailangang bawalan – Garin

Biyahero galing China ‘di kailangang bawalan – Garin

January 2, 2023 @ 6:25 PM 4 weeks ago


MANILA, Philippines – Sinabi ni dating Health Secretary at ngayon ay mambabatas na si Janet Garin, nitong Lunes, Enero 2 na hindi na kailangan pang bawalan o higpitan ang mga biyahero galing China na makapasok sa bansa.

Ito ay sa kabila ng umaarangkada na mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa nasabing bansa.

“Balancing is key. In China, mandatory [COVID-19] testing for all [is conducted] every two to three days. Their National ID can determine those who did not comply. Hence, expect a lot of [COVID-19] positives. But deaths are not as many,” ani Garin.

“Hospitalization is also not what is being projected. There might be allegations of non-transparency but what’s the use of reporting a million asymptomatics if death is very minimal? Hence, on China and COVID-19, decisions should be science-based. If we do mandatory [COVID-19] testing [for travelers from] other countries and even [here in the] Philippines, we will see the same picture [of many COVID-19 positive cases but not necessarily symptomatic or fatal],” dagdag pa niya.

Wala rin umanong karapatan ang Pilipinas na maghigpit gayong malaking bilang ng mga Filipino ang hindi pa rin nakakatanggap ng COVID-19 booster shot.

Sa datos ng Department of Health (DOH), nasa 73.7 milyon na Filipino na ang fully vaccinated laban sa COVID-19 bagama’t ang nakatanggap ng booster shot ay 21 milyon lamang.

“Even our database concerning our vaccination cards is chaotic. Hence, it would be awkward to comment [on restrictions] when we can’t even iron out our health problems and inefficiencies,” sinabi pa ni Garin.

Major market para sa export, import at turismo rin umano ang China na makakaapekto sa economic recovery ng bansa.

“The Philippines is exporting banana and pineapple to China, and such a market was lost when China closed its borders. Many of the raw materials used for Philippine-made products are also from China. Hence, it is really important to strike a balance,” dagdag pa niya.

“Airline operators and our tourism industry are just recovering. As long as the impact on public health is not detrimental, we will be fine. We should not make our decisions based on what is popular, but on what is good for the country. Such a decision should then be properly explained to the public and the stakeholders. [Restrictions] will just turn away tourists and investors.”

Kasabay nito, hinikayat naman ni Garin ang publiko na patuloy pa ring isuot ang face mask sa indoor settings at sa mga mataong lugar. RNT/JGC