OVP to launch ‘simplified’ website showing COVID-19 status of LGUs

MANILA, Philippines — A new simplified website that will show how local government units (LGUs) are dealing with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) based on international standards will be launched by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) on Monday, Vice President Leni Robredo said.

In an interview in her Sunday radio program with DZXL, Robredo revealed that they have created a website that uses data provided by the Department of Health (DOH) that follow standards set by The Lancet COVID-19 Commission.

Last September, The Lancet COVID-19 Commission released a study that ranked the Philippines 66th out of 91 countries in terms of being able to suppress the spread of COVID-19.  In that paper, the Philippines’ status is currently at a moderate transmission.

“Noong lumabas iyong Lancet Study, parang international study ito ng parang performance ng mga bansa pagdating sa COVID-19 response, mayroon siyang mga international standards na ginagamit na sinusubukan naming gawin ng parang local version iyon para mas maayos iyong ating pag-analisa,” Robredo said.

(When the Lancet Study came out, it is an international study which gauged the performance of countries when it came to the COVID-19 response, they had international standards which we are trying to replicate in a local version so we could analyze data more efficiently.)

“So ito lahat, naka-base sa datos ng DOH pero sini-simplify namin. Gustong sabihin, sini-simplify namin pero ginagamit namin iyong international standards,” she added.

(So all of these were based on data provided by DOH but we would simplify them. We want to say that we can simplify this but we are using international standards.)

According to Robredo, they have observed that the DOH data is sometimes overwhelming as it is full of numbers that cannot be understood by some.  She also stressed that simply corresponding a specific LGU to its