Palace to Bloomberg bottom of PH’s COVID-19 resilience ranking: watch economic growth
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) — With the Philippines again a cave dweller in a Bloomberg survey of COVID-19 resilience, Malacañang wants the international news agency to focus on the country’s economic performance instead.
On Friday, acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles explained that the economy grew 5.6% in 2021, slightly more than the economic team’s adjusted 5-5.5% target for the year.
“Let the numbers speak for themselves. This is the clearest indication of the resilience of the Philippines in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Nograles said.
In its report published on January 27, Bloomberg cited the country’s vulnerability in terms of vaccination difficulties in remote areas as it faced an Omicron-induced surge “worse” than its neighbors in Southeast Asia. .
It is the third time in the last five months that the country ranks last in the list of 53 economies.
In terms of reopening, the Philippines has done worse than most economies when it comes to lockdown severity, flight capacity and travel routes for those vaccinated.
Meanwhile, for quality of life, the country also scored poorly on community mobility, universal health coverage, and the United Nations Human Development Index.
Still, Nograles focused on the latest economic figures.
“Save the tignan ng Bloomberg yes yung economic growth ng bansa. ‘Yan po’ yung pinaka-the best n / A indicator n / A based Natin for the resilience of any country,” Nograles said.
[Translation: Bloomberg should look at the country’s economic growth. That’s the best indicator we have as basis for resilience for any country.]
With last year’s performance above target, economic officials said the country was on track for pre-pandemic growth and its coveted upper-middle-income status, with efforts to further ease restrictions. to mobility.