DOH pa rin ang sisi! Roque refuses to blame testing czar Vince Dizon for virus testing bust
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is apparently living up to his role as apologist of testing czar Vince Dizon who seemed to have made the government’s virus testing numbers worse than before he took on the job.
Instead of blaming Dizon, whose only job was to make sure that daily COVID testing rates get higher not lower, Roque is calling out the Department of Health for its inability to maximize the virus testing capacity of 30,000 per day as claimed by the former aide of Speaker Alan Cayetano and self-proclaimed wizard of New Clark City.
“I’m sure there’s a learning curve but I’m hoping that the DOH also will take steps para mapataas po iyong actual testing being conducted,” said Roque in a briefing.
Roque is well aware that daily testing rates have sucked under the DOH from March 16 to April 30 and Dizon is supposed to be the troubleshooter when he was appointed on May 4. So why is Roque still blaming the DOH when virus testing has dropped to 5,200 a day from 5,600 a day when Dizon is clearly calling the shots?
Roque himself admits that virus testing numbers could have been much worse if not for the Philippine Red Cross which has decided to conduct its own PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing to boost the government‘s testing effort.
The most remarkable achievement of Dizon after nearly a month in office is declaring that the government has a testing a capacity of 32,000 as of May 20. But by claiming that the government has this much potential in daily tests while only a fraction of it is being used despite millions of Filipinos wanting to be tested, Dizon unwittingly proved he can’t hack it as a mass testing czar and not even Roque can hide his mediocrity.