Panelo says no to closing gov’t offices

March 08, 2020

NO need to shutter government offices because of the coronavirus threat.

“Tayo nga ang (may) pinakamagandang containment (We have the best containment),” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said yesterday as he rejected a suggestion to cancel government work due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Asked in an interview on Radyo Inquirer if there is a need to suspend work in government offices, Panelo said: “Wala naman, hindi naman crowded ang mga gobyerno (No need, government offices are not crowded).”
“I don’t think we have reached that level (to suspend government work). We should not panic. Tayo nga ang (may) pinakamagandang containment,” he said.

On Saturday, the DOH raised code red sublevel 1 with the confirmation of local transmission which involved a 59-year-old woman.

The woman is the sixth confirmed COVID-19 case in the country and the wife of the 62-year-old who first tested positive for the virus.

Duque also recommended the declaration of a state of public health emergency and the President agreed.
Panelo said he would release the executive order on the declaration of the state of public health emergency in a press briefing today.

He reiterated that the government is ready for “whatever eventuality.”