Innovative responses to food security threats under Covid-19

One of the problems highlighted, if not created, by the Coronavirus disease (COVID) -19 pandemic is food insecurity or the lack of access to a sufficient, affordable and nutritious food. The pandemic disrupted the economy and caused unemployment which in turn affected the purchasing power of the people. Further, the community quarantines also affected the transportation systems that the delivery of food supplies from the farms to the consumers were cut or, if not, diverted to areas where local governments are not strict. 

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The Philippine Covid-19 Response

One of the governments with the most interesting way of handling the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic is the Philippines. While the world was already showing concern over the virus, the Philippines is still permitting flights from places like China noted to be the Ground Zero of the virus. When the number of cases started to multiply, it was only then that the government acted. By March 2020, travel bans were imposed and this was eventually followed by the lockdown couched as “community quarantine”. 

So, what makes the Phillipine Covid response interesting? What are the characteristics of the Duterte Administration’s efforts in responding to the current pandemic? 

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After the Senate and PHAPI, who’s next to ask for Duque’s head?

Don’t change horses in midstream.

US President Abraham Lincoln

This explains why Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is dilly-dallying in replacing Health Secretary Francisco Duque who had been committing blunders in the battle against Coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III  (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Health Secretary Francisco Duque (Source: PCOO)
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Implications of Duque’s “Second Wave” pronouncement

Many were shocked with the revelation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque in the Senate Hearing Wednesday, May 21, that the Philippines is already on the “Second Wave” of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Does the closure of the ABS-CBN really created an impact that nobody except Duque knew this information leaving the rest of the Filipinos in the dark?

But what really is a “second wave”?

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Will BPOs follow Twitter and allow employees to work at home indefinitely?

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey sent his employees an email Tuesday, May 12, allowing them to work from home indefinitely, even after COVID-19 shutdown ends. The decision made is based on the company’s broader mission to support employees working from anywhere around the globe and on Twitter’s experience that working from home is feasible. If Twitter can do this, can our business process outsourcing (BPO) industry follow suit and allow their employees to also work at home?

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