By Billy Begas
Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano said the most effective strategy to combat the COVID-19 crisis is the combination of direct stimulus, economic stimulus, and a post-pandemic roadmap.
“Kailangan aabangan mo, uunahan mo. Kumbaga sa boksing, kailangan may 1-2-3 combination tayo na mabigat,” said Cayetano.
Cayetano, who has been pushing for at least P10,000 financial aid per family said providing people with cash aid “will get the country’s economy back up and running while a larger economic stimulus with various financing strategies is in the pipeline.”
The third most important action of the national government, Cayetano said, is to have a “blueprint” that will outline its vision for the Philippines in the next few years, particularly its concrete plans for the different sectors.
He said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases should also be one step ahead in crafting a battle plan since the virus is evolving.
Cayetano said the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country could have been prevented had the concerned agencies carried out the provisions under Bayanihan 1 and 2.
“Kung kailan mabigat na ‘yung problema, saka tayo kikilos. Kung October, November, December, January, February gumawa na tayo ng field hospitals eh ‘di sana puno lahat ngayon. Kung kailan napuno, saka tayo gagawa,” he added.