There are Filipino public servants whose duties go beyond what their day-to-day jobs ask for. In this list, Tatler shines a light upon Dr Edsel Salvana, who tirelessly disseminated helpful information amid the COVID-19 outbreak; philanthropist Enrique Razon Jr, who helped with the country's vaccination efforts; and Vince Dizon, who served as the government's COVID Testing Czar.
Dr Edsel Salvana, Medicine
In those early, darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, so much information flew about—from the hysterical to the absurd, the sober to the informative. Dr Edsel Maurice T Salvana, an infectious disease specialist, shone in the second category.
An advocate of science communication since the Dengvaxia fiasco for which he was viciously attacked on social media, Salvana saw the need for “properly-vetted and accurate” information especially in view of this deadly enemy that medical science was then still figuring out how best to fight.