People should not compare the Philippines’ COVID-19 situation to other countries due to the differences in cultural and socio-political contexts, said Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez.

Galvez remark came in response to critics who question why the country cannot bring the viral disease under control, unlike its Southeast Asian neighbors Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore.

“Ang situation natin sa Pilipinas, dapat ‘di i-compare sa ibang bansa kasi iba iyong political situation doon at iba rin ang culture,” he stressed.

Galvez added that the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the country could be attributed to violations of quarantine rules and other safety protocols.

He also pointed out that “collateral challenges” such as rendering assistance to returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who lost their jobs amid the lockdowns affected the government’s response to the crisis.

Galvez, however, openly admitted the flaws in the country’s healthcare system, such as infrastructure gaps in some regions, citing it as the reason why hospitals are close to being overwhelmed.

Noting the limited Level 3 hospitals in CALABARZON, Galvez said: “As a nation, we were not able to prepare ‘yung ating healthcare facilities. We were not able to invest in healthcare facilities.”

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