MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday approved the nationwide expansion of the COVID-19 alert system first tested in Metro Manila nearly two months ago.
Duterte in Executive Order 151 said the Alert Level System "is hereby adopted for nationwide rollout, to be undertaken in 4 phases."
The pilot areas where the system is currently implemented will be considered part of the first phase. Other regions will follow in the following phases, he said.
- Phase 1: NCR, Region 3, 4-A, 6, 7, 10, and 11
- Phase 2: Regions 1, 8, and 12
- Phase 3: Regions 2, 5, 9
- Phase 4: Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 4-B, Region 13, Bangsamoro
"The shift to Phase 2 may begin at any time after the effectivity of this Order, as may be determined by the IATF, but not later than the end of November 2021," read Duterte's order.
"The succeeding phases shall then commence every week thereafter until full nationwide implementation," it added.
Pending the full nationwide implementation of the alert system, areas that it does not yet cover will remain under community quarantine, Duterte said.
Government began the pilot rollout of the 5-level COVID-19 alert system and accompanying granular lockdowns in mid-September, before expanding it to several other areas in a bid to spur business activity.
“The nationwide shift to the Alert Level System would allow for the reinvigoration of the economy through the opening of more sectors," said the President.
The Philippines has recorded a total of 2,811,248 confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of Thursday, of which 28,660 or 1 percent are active.