IT is heartening to know that the government is drafting a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transition plan to speed up the shift to the so-called “new normal” in the country.
Dubbed the “New Normal Roadmap,” the plan will contain strategies for various sectors on how to live with the virus, according to Health Secretary Francisco “Pingcoy” Duque III.
It is being drafted by the Department of Health, National Economic and Development Authority and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases.
Reports said the NEDA was still working on the economic component of the country’s multi-pronged “New Normal Roadmap.”
At the same, the health department said the start of the 45-day campaign period for local candidates should not stall the government’s national vaccination program.
The government wants to vaccinate as many Filipinos as it can to prevent the surge of new COVID-19 cases as what’s happening in some countries across the globe.
Under the calendar of activities of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), those running for local posts in the May 9 political exercise may start campaigning March 25.
The campaign period for those running for President, Vice President, Senator and party-list group commenced on February 8, which is 90 days before election day (May 9).
Thus, we, like other well-meaning Filipinos, including the ordinary citizens, cannot overemphasize the importance of finishing the roadmap” as soon as possible.
Thus, the DOH, NEDA and IATF deserve the support of the public as they craft the “New Normal Roadmap.”