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Covid-19 Pandemic Case Study: Philippines

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In 2019, the economic planners of the Philippines could not hide their glee: the country was projected to ‘graduate’ in 2020 to the category of an ‘upper middle-income economy’ based on a per capita gross national income of at least US $4,000 (World Bank’s classification). The Philippines as Asia’s rising star!

And then Covid-19 came. Today, with 2020 about to end, the buoyant picture of a surging Philippine economy has been replaced by the image of a country unable to find its way out of a terrible health and economic crisis. This paper is a brief documentation of how the Philippines got stuck in this crisis and why the government has failed to flatten the curve.

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Date of Publication
December 2020
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union
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Table of contents

1. Part I: Taming Covid-19: A Costly Containment War in the Philippines 5

1.1. The Quarantine Programme 5

1.2. Major Reasons for the Failure to Flatten the Curve 7

1.3. Failure of an Ailing Health Sector 8

1.4. Positive Medical Outcomes 10

1.5. Full-Blown Health and Economic Crisis: Social and Economic Consequences 11

1.6. Conclusion: Rebuilding the Health Sector and Economy 14

2. Part II: Waging the Philippine Battle Against Covid-19: What Can the US, EU and UN Contribute? 16

2.1. Introduction 16

2.2. The Future of Philippines-US Relations in Covid-19 Times: Still Uncertain 17

2.3. Philippines-EU Relations in Covid-19 Times: Tying Assistance to Respect for Human Rights 19

2.4. On Covid-19 Assistance from Japan and China 20

2.5. Finally, Can the UN System Help the Philippines? 21

3. Guide to Different Acronyms 23