On the Global Finance safest country rankings

Global Finance Magazine cited war and peace, personal security, natural disaster risk factors and COVID-19 risk factors in the safety scores of countries.

The opinion of Global Finance is but one among many varied points of view. While it is given that the Philippines is prone to natural hazards owing to its geographical location in the Pacific rim as well as due to climate change, our disaster management system continues to improve. The Filipino people are also growing more resilient and adaptive.

We are not at war, and since the start of the strict implementation of community quarantine in March 2020, there was a significant decline in crimes per the Philippine National Police.

On COVID-19, it is noteworthy to mention that eighty-six percent of Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte Administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as shown by Pulse Asia December 2020 survey.

In addition, we are on track in achieving our target of population protection in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces by November this year as long as the supply of vaccines remains stable.

As of July 7, 2021, there are 12, 489, 777 total doses administered, per data from the National COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center.

Our COVID-19 mortality rate remains one of the lowest at 1.76%, as of July 8, 2021.

We are therefore optimistic that things would be better with more and more people get vaccinated, coupled with our strict implementation of Prevention-Detection-Isolation-Treatment-and Reintegration (PDITR) Strategy.