Metro Manila stays under COVID-19 Alert 1 until mid-June: Palace

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 27 2022 01:09 PM | Updated as of May 27 2022 04:35 PM

People spend more time outdoors in Manila on the first day of Alert Level 1 on March 1, 2022. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
People spend more time outdoors in Manila on the first day of Alert Level 1 on March 1, 2022. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATED)— Metro Manila and dozens of other areas will remain under pandemic Alert Level 1 until the middle of June, Malacañang announced on Friday. 

Deputy Palace spokesperson Kris Ablan said the following areas will be under loosest of five COVID-19 alert levels from June 1 to June 15. 

National Capital Region 

Cordillera Administrative Region

  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga 
  • Mountain Province
  • Baguio City 

Ilocos Region

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur 
  •  La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Dagupan City 

Cagayan Valley 

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino 
  • Santiago City 

 Central Luzon 

  •  Aurora
  •  Bataan 
  •  Bulacan
  •  Nueva Ecija
  •  Pampanga 
  •  Tarlac
  •  Zambales 
  •  Angeles City
  •  Olongapo City

Calabarzon 

  •  Batangas 
  •  Laguna
  •  Cavite 
  •  Rizal
  • Lucena City 

 Mimaropa

  •  Marinduque
  •  Oriental Mindoro 
  •  Romblon
  •  Puerto Princesa City 

Bicol Region 

  •  Albay
  •  Catanduanes
  •  Naga City 

Western Visayas

  •  Aklan
  •  Capiz
  •  Guimaras
  •  Iloilo
  •  Bacolod City 
  •  Iloilo City

 Central Visayas 

  •  Siquijor
  •  Cebu City 
  •  Lapu-Lapu City 
  •  Mandaue City 

Eastern Visayas 

  •  Biliran
  •  Eastern Samar
  •  Southern Leyte
  •  Ormoc City
  •  Tacloban City 

Zamboanga Peninsula 

  •  Zamboanga City 

Northern Mindanao 

  •  Bukidnon
  • Camiguin 
  •  Misamis Occidental 
  •  Misamis Oriental 
  •  Cagayan de Oro City 
  •  Iligan City 

 Davao Region 

  •   Davao Oriental 
  •  Davao City

Caraga Region 

  •  Surigao Del Sur 
  •  Butuan City 

Under Alert 1, establishments and public transportation can operate at full capacity, while schools can also implement in-person classes. 

The following areas, meanwhile, were placed under Alert Level 2 from June 1 until June 15: 

Cordillera Administrative Region

  •  Benguet
  •  Ifugao 

Calabarzon 

  •  Quezon Province 

 Mimaropa 

  •  Occidental Mindoro
  •  Palawan 

Bicol Region 

  •  Camarines Norte
  •  Camarines Sur
  •  Masbate
  •  Sorsogon

Western Visayas 

  • Antique
  •  Negros Occidental

Central Visayas 

  •  Bohol
  •  Cebu Province
  •  Negros Oriental

Eastern Visayas 

  •  Leyte
  •  Northern Samar
  •  Western Samar 

Zamboanga Peninsula

  •  City of Isabela
  •  Zamboanga del Sur
  •  Zamboanga del Norte
  •  Zamboanga Sibugay

 Northern Mindanao 

  • Lanao del Norte

 Davao Region 

  •  Davao del Norte
  •  Davao del Sur
  •  Davao de Oro
  •  Davao Occidental

Soccsksargen 

  •  General Santos City
  •  North Cotabato
  •  Sarangani
  •  Sultan Kudarat
  •  South Cotabato

CARAGA

  •  Agusan del Norte
  •  Agusan del Sur
  •  Dinagat Islands
  •  Surigao del Norte

Bangsamoro 

  •  Basilan
  •  Cotabato City
  •  Lanao del Sur
  •  Maguindanao
  •  Sulu
  •  Tawi-tawi

Under Alert Level 2, casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops are banned, unless authorized by the COVID-19 task force or the Office of the President.

Authorities earlier said areas in the country cannot deescalate to the loosest Alert Level 1 if their vaccination rate remains low. 

Malacañang had said areas that would meet the following criteria can shift to Alert Level 1:

  •  Low to minimal risk case classification.
  •  Total bed utilization rate of less than 50 percent.
  •  Full vaccination of 70 percent of its target population (denominator is 80 percent of its total population).
  •  Full vaccination of 80 percent of its target population in the elderly (denominator is 85 percent of its population).
     

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