THREAD: It's #InternationalWomensDay and we pay tribute to women leaders amid the pandemic 💁🏽‍♀️

@riatrillo speaks to @DOHgovph Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire and @TourismPHL Secretary @BernaPuyat on #TheSource | LIVE
DOH Usec. Vergeire: People think that the direct cause of increase in COVID-19 cases is the presence of variants, but we need to understand that the underlying cause is compliance of people with health protocols
DOH Usec. Vergeire: Healthcare utilization can still accommodate patients
DOH Usec. Vergeire: We'd rather not classify spike as part of COVID-19 second wave
DOH Usec. Vergeire: We can't say there's community transmission with COVID-19 variants because we're still seeing links, they can still be traced
DOH Usec. Vergeire: Comply with health protocols and we will be able to control the increase in cases. Mutations and variants may be controlled as well
DOH Usec. Vergeire: Public being more complacent with health protocols. We assume people are feeling fatigued
DOH Usec. Vergeire: It's not enough to say 'wear a mask and face shield.' Remind people to wear them properly
DOH Usec. Vergeire: We're not contemplating on having region-wide ECQ. It's not the only measure that we can implement to prevent increase in cases. We can implement localized lockdowns
DOT Sec. Puyat: One year no work for our tourism stakeholders and what they've been asking for is to reopen tourism
DOT Sec. Puyat: I want all tourism places under MGCQ to be open
DOT Sec. Puyat: We have financial assistance worth ₱3.1 billion for all DOT-accredited enterprises
DOT Sec. Puyat: Bayanihan 2 provided ₱6 billion worth of working capital loans
DOT Sec. Puyat: Travel requirements are more simplified now
DOT Sec. Puyat: We're continuously revising protocols so people can travel easily
DOT Sec. Puyat: Just because you tested negative for COVID-19 doesn't mean you can party and go back to your pre-pandemic activities. Please still follow safety protocols
DOT Sec. Puyat; Tourism should be prioritized in vaccinations. After top priorities have been vaccinated, we're already in the next list
DOT Sec. Puyat on #InternationalWomensDay: Whether you're in government, private sector, or in the household, women are the leaders

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