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Stella Quimbo says no mass testing bars full reopening of PH economy

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Stella Quimbo has established herself as a “health economist” and had tough lessons to share to the Inter-Agency Task Force handling COVID-19.

The PhD holder in economics turned Marikina congresswoman said government agencies have it all wrong in deciding not to do mass testing, saying that there’s no budget to fund that grand plan. But the politiko schooled these fake experts, saying that testing as many people as they can – with symptoms or none – would actually be the key to a smoother relaxing of lockdown rules.

“It is never an excuse to say walang budget, therefore we will not do it. The cost of not testing is not knowing the asymptomatic,” she said in a recent House hearing. “The cost of not doing mass testing is having 30% asymptomatics not known. Palakad-lakad ang 30% na yan, umuubo-ubo at nakakahawa. The cost is the cost of lockdown, hindi tayo makakapagbukas ng ekonomiya.”

If they think it’s costly to test more people, Quimbo argued the losses are much bigger as we continue to shut down businesses and livelihoods.