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Palace denies failure in LGUs’ coronavirus strategy

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By Prince Golez

There was nothing wrong with how local government units (LGUs) respond to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Malacañang clarified.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) assigned Cabinet members on Wednesday to provide “stronger” support to LGUs with high numbers of confirmed cases

Resolution 62 directs IATF members to “further operationalize the national government-enabled, local government-led, and people-centered response” against Covid-19.

“Hindi po iyan mensahe na may problema ang mga LGUs. Ito po ay mensahe na kung ano pa ang kinakailangan ng mga lokal na pamahalaan, narito po ang national government, narito po ang national IATF para tumulong,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Roque added that assigned members of the task force are expected to “push for the interest” of local governments in Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces.

“Suporta lang po kami sa mga lokal na pamahalaan. Sila pa rin po ang mamumuno sa kani-kanilang mga siyudad at munisipyo,” he said.

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