Press Release/07 April 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) today thanked the scientific community that helped develop the evidence needed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to recommend the appropriate steps for the country to beat COVID-19. They were also instrumental in the DOH’s projections of resource needs for the coming months.

“Each group used their own models based on the technology that they have. In this way, we are assured that science is the basis of the IATF’s decision to extend the period of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon,” the Health Chief reported during the Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser aired today.

The Sub-Technical Working Group on Data Analytics is composed of groups from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, Department of Science and Technology, and Ateneo de Manila University FASSSTER Team, Philippine Institute for Development Studies, Volunteer Group from Asian Institute of Management and UP College of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Manila College of Public Health, Epimetrics, Inc .and Volunteers from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.

The DOH will continue to tap these groups as more data becomes available for analysis because of expanded testing efforts. It is also widely expected that data from mass testing will improve the accuracy of the models and simulations conducted by the said groups.

“While each group worked on their different models using technologies available to them, the groups acknowledged that working together has resulted to increased rigor for each team’s output,” Duque explained as he announced that details of the models will be made available to the public by the different groups any time soon.