By Genalyn Kabiling
A new one-stop shop government website on the coronavirus response measures may be forthcoming.
President Duterte has announced plans to create a “unified COVID-19 website” in his latest report to Congress on the government’s efforts to contain the pandemic.
At present, the government has three main websites giving updates and information about the coronavirus.
“The government shall take into consideration the senators’ recommendation to set up a one-stop-shop website in its evaluation and study of a current proposal to create a unified COVID-19 website containing the government’s response to concerns under segments for health, food production, social assistance, mobility and transport, and business/labor force,” Duterte said.
Duterte noted that the Department of Health (DOH) currently has two websites on COVID-19 information, including a national tracker.
Duterte said the health department launched a revamped COVID-19 tracker website at www.doh.gov.ph/covid19tracker. The site gives a “more detailed look not only [at] cases, but also [at] hospital capacities and allows for data scientists and other interested stakeholders to download a dataset to run their own analyses.”
He said the DOH also introduced https://covid19.healthypilipinas.ph that consolidates fact checks, reference materials, and relevant information about preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The government has also created the “Laging Handa” website http://www.covid19.gov.ph that collates information on COVID-19 response measures, hotlines, do’s and don’ts, and price watch corner, among others. The website is maintained by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Duterte said concerned government agencies also provide information and updates on COVID-19 measures in their respective websites.
In his previous report to Congress, the President said the government has pursued information dissemination efforts related to dealing with the coronavirus crisis. He mentioned the DOH’s daily press conferences, social media posts, and use of government media platforms to raise public awareness about the government’s measures to address the health emergency.