THE Philippine government stressed that it will continue to extend support to the World Health Organization (WHO) in directing and coordinating on international health within the United Nations system.
Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque stated that if not because of the WHO, no one would preside the coordination in battling the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
“Pero tayo suportado ng Pilipinas ang WHO dahil nakita natin na kung walang WHO, walang namumuno sa coordination sa laban natin sa sakit na COVID-19,” said Roque.
Roque emphasized the importance of funding the WHO wherein the Philippines is ‘committed’ in giving out contribution to the agency.
Related to this, Malacañang wished that the other countries would still continue to cooperate with the World Health Organization.
“Sana lahat ng bansa ng daigdig ay ipagpatuloy ang kanilang kooperasyon sa WHO at importante ang pagbibigay ng pondo sa WHO,” Presidential spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the Palace spokesman made a statement that President Rodrigo Duterte is not in a position to tell other presidents on what they’re going to do with regards to COVID-19 issues.
Just recently, US President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to suspend U.S. contributions while a review is conducted to assess the agency’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.
The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic a “public health emergency of international concern” and then provided technical guidance for medical workers about taking care for COVID-19 patients and gave guidance to the public on how to protect themselves.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed regret over the decision of the President of the United States.
The official said that WHO is now reviewing the impact of their work over the withdrawal of U.S. funding and will work with its partners to fill any financial gap the agency is now facing, and to assure that their work continues uninterrupted.