By Genalyn Kabiling
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase daily, the government is counting on its allies abroad to help the country “in this hour of need.”
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said they welcome any help from other countries, especially those winning the war against the coronavirus pandemic.
“We obviously welcome any help that we can get from other nations especially those who were successful in battling COVID-19,” he said in a Palace briefing Wednesday. “We hope we can count on our friends especially in this hour of need.”
He noted that President Duterte’s foreign policy of being a friend to all and enemy to none has been “very successful.”
In recent days, countries like China, South Korea, and Singapore have extended assistance to the Philippines, including donating coronavirus test kits. The United States has also pledged $2.7 million in donations to help the country respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
“That’s why, stick to the foreign policy of the President. That’s been very successful — we are friends to all, enemy to none. ‘Yan stand natin (That’s our stand),” Nograles said.
Meantime, the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) has been designated as the main office to coordinate all local donations related to the COVID-19 response.
According to Nograles, the OCD is authorized to receive all domestic financial donations that will be deposited to the Bureau of Treasury.
“The intended beneficiary agency shall then submit a request to the Department of Budget Management to access such funds. Government agencies who likewise receive donations in kind are hereby directed to report the same to OCD,” he said, reading a resolution issued by the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging diseases.