THE Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved in principle the National Action Plan that will “provide clear, accurate and timely information to support the operations against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Cabinet Secretary and IATF spokesman Karlo Nograles said measures under the plan include creating a system for regular reporting and updating on COVID-related news; adoption of measures to contain and mitigate the spread of the virus, as well as the detection, identification, and isolation of carriers; and creating organizational structures to streamline and decentralize operations in addressing the pandemic.”
Nograles said a National Task Force COVID-19 shall also be created and will serve as the operational command. The IATF, on the other hand, will serve as the policy-making body of the operations on the disease.
The Secretary of National Defense shall head the NTF.
Nograles reiterated the government’s call to support efforts to defeat COVID-19.
“This is a war that will be fought on many fronts, and your cooperation and support are crucial in our efforts to beat Covid-19 and to save lives. Whatever our disagreements, whatever our misunderstandings, what is not debatable is this: the enemy is COVID-19 – and we have a greater chance of defeating the enemy if we work together and lift each other up rather than pull each other down,” he said.