Covid-19 Pandemic Case Study - Philippines
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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 Today, with 2020 about to end, the buoyant picture of a surging Philippine economy has been replaced by the image of a country unable to find its way out of a terrible health and economic crisis.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

1.1. The Quarantine Programme

1.2. Major Reasons for the Failure to Flatten the Curve

1.3. Failure of an Ailing Health Sector

1.4. Positive Medical Outcomes

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

1.6. Conclusion: Rebuilding the Health Sector and Economy

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

2.1. Introduction

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

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

2.4. On Covid-19 Assistance from Japan and China

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

3. Guide to Different Acronyms