THE Department of Interior of Local Government yesterday disowned the statement of Undersecretary for operations Epimaco Densing III that there is no other solution to the COVID-19 pandemic but vaccines.
DILG Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya said the pronouncement of Densing is not shared by the department.
“The Department wishes to clarify that the views expressed by Usec. Epimaco Densing III on ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) yesterday (Monday) about the government’s response to the surge is his own personal opinion and does not reflect the position of the DILG,” said Malaya.
Densing has said they do not how the problem will evolve, adding “we have no direct solutions right now, except the vaccines.” He added the pandemic is a “problem which has no solution on hand” and “vaccine could be the solution but it may not be, if it ended up that these vaccines not to be that effective.”
Malaya said the DILG, as a member of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, “is devoting all of its time, efforts, and resources” to contain the surge of the pandemic through the intensified implementation of the Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat and Reintegrate (PDITR) strategy under the National Action Plan.
Malaya said the DILG is working to contain COVID-19 in collaboration with other government agencies.