About Us

The COVID-19 Crisis Response Academic Consortium (covid19ARC.ph) is a one-stop-shop information and policy portal on the COVID-19 crisis response. It offers a platform for a collaborative and multi-disciplinary analysis of the COVID-19 crisis response efforts in the Philippines and worldwide that can be used to support public sector efforts.

Over the next few weeks the team will expand, modify and update the information on this website. Please visit as often as you can and let us know how this site can be more helpful.


Ronald U. Mendoza, PhD

Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza is the dean of the Ateneo School of Government at Ateneo de Manila University.

From 2011 to 2015, he was an Associate Professor of Economics at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Executive Director of the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economist with the United Nations in New York. His research background includes work with UNICEF, UNDP, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and several Manila-based non-governmental organizations.

Manuel M. Dayrit, MD, MSc

Dr. Manuel M. Dayrit is an Adjunct Professor and former Dean of Ateneo de Manila University School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Dayrit served as Secretary of Health (Minister) of the Philippines from 2001 to 2005 when the Department of Health (DOH) was recognized for its effective implementation of disease control programs (including for SARS, dengue, tuberculosis, and vaccine-derived polio); the implementation of the health sector reform agenda which included widening the use of generic medicines; and the broadening of access to social insurance (PhilHealth) by indigents. Under his leadership, the DOH was cited among the top-performing government agencies.

From 2005 to 2012, he was Director of the Department of Human Resources for Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. The WHO Code on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel was developed during this time and adopted by Member States at the World Health Assembly in May 2010. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the Commission on Social Determinants of the World Health Organization.

Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go, MD

Dr. Hartigan-Go is an Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Management where he also serves as School Head for the Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management. He has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician, professor, and manager of health programs. He holds Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

From 2015–2016, Prof. Hartigan-Go served as the Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Health. He was also Director General for the Philippine Food and Drugs Administration (2012–2014), and Manager of the Philippine National Drug Policy Program (1999–2001).

In 2006, Prof. Hartigan-Go served as member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety for six years and has held faculty positions at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.


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