Conduct mass testing now! - Hilbay urges govt

Conduct mass testing now! - Hilbay urges govt

Echoing the call of the Vice President, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay is also calling out the Duterte administration to conduct mass testing as soon as possible to curb the spreading of the novel coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19.

“We want many people tested so we can better fight, prepare, and manage COVID-19,” read his Twitter post on Friday (March 27).

“Without testing, we’re all in the dark,” he lamented.

Former OSG Florin Hilbay
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With testing, former OSG Hilbay pointed out that the country would have “an idea of the problem and how government is handling it.”

“Without numbers, government can’t be held responsible,” he stressed.

Same as Leni’s call

Hilbay who is known to be of the same political affiliation with Vice President Leni Robredo, just reiterated the previous call of the former last week, urging the government to conduct mass testing for Filipinos.

No need yet

The Department of Health (DOH) was very quick to address the call of the Vice President and some sectors of the society and that there is no need for mass testing yet according to DOH Undersecretary Rosette Vergeire.
“Sa ngayon po, hindi pa naman nakikitang kailangan nating gawin itong mass testing na ito,” Vergeire said in a press conference.
“Pero nasa taalaan, nasa mapa, nasa radar, na kung sakaling dumating ‘yung panahon, if we have enough resources, and the government can do it, and it is already imperative for the government to do it, gagawin po natin ‘yan kung saka sakali,” she added.

(But it is already in our plans that if the time comes that we need to conduct one and if we have enough resources and the government can do it, we will do it.)

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