The Department of International Studies of Miriam College hosted a webinar on “Thinking About Data: Measuring and Assessing ASEAN response to Covid-19” with Dr. Laura Fermo, Senior Economist of the Central Bank of the Philippines last November 26,2020 via Zoom.
Dr. Fermo discussed the data from the global ranking of ASEAN responses to COVID-19 to show that a) pre-Covid-19 conditions play a significant role in preventing the spread of Covid-19, and b) high-income levels or the state of the public health system are necessary, but not sufficient in mitigating the detrimental effects of COVID-19.
Using data from global rankings of responses such as Oxford University’s COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) and visualizing the data through Cobweb Chart and Expert.ai, Dr. Fermo highlighted variables and determinants to show why some ASEAN countries were more successful in reducing the spread of COVID-19 than economically advanced economies. She also emphasized the importance of including communication to the COVID-19 Government Response Index.
Mr. James Marc Catudan, Lecturer of Economics of the Department of International Studies and Mr. Joel Mark Barredo, Program Director of SHAPE-SEA Bangkok provided additional insights and points for further thinking as the webinar’s co-discussants. An engaging and active discussion followed during the open forum indicating the participants’ interest in the topic.
Dr. Mel Reyes, Chair of the Department of International Studies, gave the opening remarks where she stressed the importance of data-informed policies and program, particularly in times of urgent matter like a pandemic. — By Shayne Vinarao, Shahid Calagan, Maurine Cerdenia