Statistical (In)capacity and Government (In)decisions: The Philippines in the Time of COVID-19

Conflict, Justice, Decolonization: Critical Studies of Inter-Asian Societies, 2020

9 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2021 Last revised: 23 Mar 2021

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Fernan Talamayan

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University - Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies

Date Written: June 5, 2020

Abstract

The May 2020 report by the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities on the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak validates Milan and Treré’s (April 2020) claim that the Global South is “virtually absent” from the “number-based narration of the pandemic.” Although there was an attempt to shed light on the potential ramifications of the pandemic on the Global South, the volume and variety of data presented in the report made the disparity between the Global North and Global South’s capacity to amass data apparent. The lack of data on the spread of COVID-19 in the Global South causes a plethora of problems, as it impairs the region’s ability to develop pragmatic containment plans and implement adequate economic, health, and social solutions. To this end, this article shares the disquieting situation in the Philippines. It provides examples of how the lack of data affects people’s physical and mental health and contributes to government (in)decisions.

Keywords: COVID-19, Global South, statistics, data divide, data inequality, Philippines

Suggested Citation

Talamayan, Fernan, Statistical (In)capacity and Government (In)decisions: The Philippines in the Time of COVID-19 (June 5, 2020). Conflict, Justice, Decolonization: Critical Studies of Inter-Asian Societies, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3808937

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