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Mayor clarifies OCTA report

TAGUIG City Mayor Lino Cayetano clarified that contrary to OCTA’s report, Barangay Fort Bonifacio has only 116 COVID-19 cases for the period March 18-24, 2021.

Mayor Lino said Taguig’s research team and the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CEDSU) analyzed the same data from the Department of Health. He added that the 342 cases OCTA stated is the total of all types of cases reported by the laboratories during the said period.

This total includes positive cases that have already recovered, cases that turned out to be negative, presumptive positive cases, equivocal cases, inconclusive cases, and those awaiting results of the tests. If these cases are excluded, as they should be, Fort Bonifacio, to repeat, will only have 116 COVID-19 cases for the given period,” the mayor said.

As of Thursday, Fort Bonifacio has only 42 active cases. It has an estimated 100,000 residents. At 42 cases per 100,000 population, the barangay is well below the national count of 83 active cases per 100,000 population, and the National Capital Region number of 158 active cases per 100,000 population.

City Health official said Taguig City’s research team and its CEDSU painstakingly collect, counter-check, verify, and analyze its COVID-19 data based on accepted epidemiologic standards. This data is published in the City’s official website and social media accounts.

Taguig City stands by the accuracy and integrity of its data, which it has always made available to the public. The city has remained among the cities with the lowest reproduction rate, active cases per 100,000, and fatality rate. It is also among the cities with the highest number of RT-PCR tests made.

Although we appreciate the work that OCTA does, we appeal that they review how they analyze data and report conclusions, as erroneous analyses and conclusions can cause panic, misapprehension, and confusion,” Mayor Lino said as he assured that the local government will continue to do its best to save and protect the lives and livelihoods of those who live and work in their “probinsyudad.