By: Elena Grace Flores
The Philippines didn’t know what to do at first on how to respond to coronavirus emergency situations. A Chinese man who collapsed in a Manila sidewalk was ignored by rescuers because of fear to be contaminated. Tourism enthusiast and founder of the 888 News Forum, Bobby Joseph discloses at the Marco Polo Hotel recently that it was Japan who made the life-saving efforts. He’s grateful to their donate first attitude before putting the blame on anyone. Kits for the first responders were distributed in time that includes a protective suit that the country obviously did not have because of unreadiness.
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Japan Sent Kits for Coronavirus First Responders to the Philippines
Latvia Consul and tourism figure, Bobby Joseph is grateful to Japan for sending safety gears to the country’s medical practitioners who are in the front line for coronavirus prevention and control.
Masks were sold out from drug stores nationwide. Some even used condoms to protect their hands when operating an elevator. The unknown nature of coronavirus added to the paranoia. Even the Philippine National Police was in limbo on what to do when medical practitioners refuse to help.
Joseph said that it is evident that economic ruins are at stake. Malls are empty and people do not want to spend money. It was noble however for some Filipinos who did not fail to donate masks to others who do not have. He appreciates the Japanese authorities to be able to think straight the Filipinos are panicking.
Serious Effects on Tourism
The country has 3 million tourists. 1.6 million are foreigners and 1.4 million are local travelers. While it is understandable that international travels are limited for the time being. Philippines can take advantage of domestic tourism. He agrees to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign urging Filipinos to travel to other destinations within the country.
The Philippine Advantage
Panic can only do harm than good. Tourism-dependent people and even farmers in the agri-tourism businesses are now suffering from the drastically declined number of tourists. This is the time that Filipinos can benefit from cheaper arrangements and purchase some crops at a lower rate. One must not forget that the greatest advantage of the Philippines is the warm weather. No virus can spread quickly because they can be disinfected by the intense heat of the sun. People around the world can only hope that it will be summer very soon.