LGUs outside NCR can be better prepared
to fight COVID-19
Presently, the epicenter of the Coronavirus Disease (2019) COVID-19 infection in the Philippines is the National Capital Region (NCR). This could be hugely attributed to the region’s major international airports and high population density. Before the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), people from across the country and the world have been moving in and out of NCR and this has contributed to the spread of COVID-19. Eventually, the pandemic has also reached other parts of the country and at this time, many local government units (LGUs) outside NCR can be better prepared to fight COVID-19.
To address the social and economic impact of COVID-19, the National Economic and Development Authority emphasizes the importance of implementing a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to protect the health and wellbeing of Filipinos. Thus, it has proposed a three-phased program of interventions in response to the pandemic.