Senators on Monday slammed the Department of Health (DOH) over its decision to stop issuing daily bulletin on Covid-19 cases in the country even after the Philippines recorded its fourth case of Omicron variant.
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan stressed the importance of public information in addressing the raging coronavirus pandemic.
Pangilinan pointed out that the data enclosed in the daily bulletins are not only vital in ensuring the health and safety of Filipinos but also for the government to discern whether the measures it implements against the dreaded virus are effective.
“Accurate information in the spread of the disease is crucial in knowing whether or not the spread of the virus is being effectively addressed or not,” the lawmaker said in a message to reporters.
“Daily bulletins are necessary means of providing accurate, timely information to the public at large,” he added.
Senator Richard Gordon echoed Pangilinan’s statement, saying bulletins are essential for the public to take precautions against the virus.
“[The bulletins] are important for the safety of the people. They need to know so they would be informed on the differences [on the daily cases] and would take precautions,” he said.
The DoH has announced it will no longer publish its daily Covid-19 case bulletin on social media starting 1 January.
“Starting 1 January 2022, the Department of Health will be providing daily case updates via www.doh.gov.ph/covid19tracker which is updated 4 PM daily. This public tracker, which has been operational since the start of the pandemic, contains all information being provided in the case bulletin and daily situation report,” the agency said in an advisory.