DOH: State of calamity ‘most likely’ to be extended

In this file photo, a city hall employee helps a student put on a face mask during the opening of classes at a school in Quezon City, suburban Manila on 22 August 2022. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

September 2, 2022

The Philippines will “most likely” extend the declaration of the state of calamity due to Covid-19, the Department of Health said Friday, 2 September.

Health Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the decision was based on the pronouncements of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Vergeire cited that the extension is due to the “process of the timeline of the amendment of the law.”

The DOH earlier urged the president to amend the Republic Act No. 11525 or the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 before deciding whether to lift or extend the state of calamity due to Covid-19.

The state of calamity will expire on September 12, 2022.

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