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Palace Introduced the “Philippine Anti-COVID Czars”

Malacañang introduced “PH Anti-COVID Czars” who would lead the implementation of the country’s strategy in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, July 13, In an online press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, “For the first time at a press briefing, the so-called Philippine Anti-COVID czars are with us to tell us how we can fight COVID-19 now that the number of patients is increasing.”

Roque introduced the “Philippine anti-COVID czars,” namely Bases and Conversions Development Authority President and CEO Vince Dizon, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, and Health Undersecretary Dr. Leopoldo “Bong” Vega.

The four government officials will serve as point persons for key areas of the government’s framework to fight the pandemic dubbed as T3 (Test, Track, Treat).

The framework, presented by pandemic response Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., consists of five phases to address the health crisis–planning, detection of the virus, isolation, treatment, and reintegration.

Roque introduced Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar as the “Chief Isolation Czar,” who will be in charge of overseeing the country’s quarantine facilities.

After being hailed for its contact tracing practices, Roque said Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong will be the “Chief Tracing Czar.”

The newly appointed Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega will be the “Chief Treatment Czar,” tasked to monitor the hospitals’ critical care capacity nationwide.

On the other hand, Bases and Conversions Development Authority Chief and Deputy Implementer of the government’s COVID-19 efforts Vince Dizon remains to be the “Chief Testing Czar.”