La Viña says gov’t failed to imagine scenarios before imposing lockdown

“Messy” was how law professor Tony La Viña described the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.

As someone who teaches disaster management in Ateneo School of Government, La Viña said he teaches his students that a “good disaster response requires solid planning” that will require leaders to imagine scenarios.

“It is important to model how people and institutions respond to the decisions that will be taken. It does not take rocket science to do this nor a lot of time. It can be done in a few hours,” said La Viña.

He said the government should have predicted that the lockdown would trigger panic buying and people racing to terminals and ports to go back to the provinces and get out of Manila.

“Without adequate preparation of the other local governments, this exodus to the provinces might have the perverse effect of spreading the coronavirus across our islands,” he said.

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