A campaign management consultancy firm named Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as among top influencers on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) education drive.
The senator was one of the most influential voices during the pandemic, according to a study recently published by BluePrint.PH, which culled the opinions of the Filipino online community on Covid-19 education.
“The challenge is to build confidence among Filipinos that government is right and effective in its efforts in addressing the pandemic,” said Eero Brillantes, president and chief executive officer of BluePrint.PH.
“It really helps that high government officials are seen as authoritative and decisive in efforts and this includes providing the right and timely information so that all of us can make informed decisions,” he said in a statement.
The study, titled “Filipino sentiment analysis on education: Facebook scan on Covid-19 from March 15, 2020 to January 31, 2021,” based its findings on data extracted from from 80 million accounts.
Go gained the highest engagements for his published positions on the need to adapt to the “new normal” and his push for e-governance to cut corruption and red tape; the postponement of the resumption of face-to-face classes; and his various accomplishments as a senator and his legislative agenda designed to make government more responsive, efficient and compassionate to the needs of the people.
The senator’s efforts in ensuring health information were accessible to all audiences and were critical to the government’s response to the pandemic.
He has repeatedly called for a nationwide campaign to educate and raise the awareness of the public regarding the vaccine roadmap to build vaccine confidence.
The roadmap is a multi-year plan for ensuring the safe, efficient and cost-effective delivery of vaccines to the Filipino people.
It outlined the components of the procurement process, including quality assurance and distribution schedules, and the organizational chart of officials who will be responsible for spearheading the implementation.
“If the public was informed [about Covid-19], they will have less worry and be helpful in the [government’s] bayanihan (communal spirit) efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic,” Go said.
“The people must understand the government’s plan to overcome this crisis,” he added.
Go gave assurances that he will work closely with the Executive Branch to ensure the proper implementation of the vaccine plan and the prioritization of vulnerable sectors and poor Filipinos as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
He also reminded Filipinos of the need for bayanihan efforts in order for the country to fully overcome the pandemic. He stressed the importance of the public’s cooperation in following safety protocols.
Bernadette E. Tamayo