The Corona Virus Disease-2019 (CoVid-2019), which originated in Wuhan, China, triggered an emergency situation across a number of countries, a seeming tense relations between the US and China, and a set of nationalist responses via evacuations, repatriations, bans, quarantines, and medical protocols, among others. Various entities have since then articulated their views concerning prevention and control of the disease, while others are alleged to be capitalizing on the problem for political and financial gain.
This forum thus aims to contribute to the conversation by presenting the perspectives of the academe and other allied sectors, and by identifying the undertakings of the main stakeholders in addressing the issue of CoVid-2019. It examines the consequences of intensified mobility across Philippine borders, especially with the country’s increasingly close ties with China, and the efforts concerning tourism promotion and overseas employment. It looks back to relevant lessons from previous emergencies and assess our preparedness for the foreseeable future.
Atty. Ancheta is the Chief Political Affair Officer to the Minority Floor Leader at the House of Representatives.
Ms. Ivy Miravalles is the Chief of the Migrant Integration and Education Division (MIED) of the Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO).
Huang Xilian is the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Philippines.
Dr. Abeyasinghe is Officer-in-charge and Acting Representative of the World Health Organization in the Philippines.
Dr. Padilla is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Manila. She was also the founder and first executive director of the UP Philippine Genome Center.
Atty. Cacdac is the Administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
Mr. Casco is the National Program Coordinator of IOM.
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The forum is part of the Asian Center’s “Current Asian Affairs Lecture Series,” which aims to tackle challenges arising from issues concerning progress, growth and development in 21st-century Asia. Involving scholars, policymakers and stakeholders, it seeks to provide varied perspectives and options for solutions that will be beneficial in addressing challenges in development in Asia and their implications on the Philippines.