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DOH requests an extension of the Covid-19 state of calamity.

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In light of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) is attempting to prolong the time that the Philippines is considered to be in a state of calamity.

Officer in Charge of DOH According to Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire, the request to extend the declaration, which is due to expire on December 31, has already been sent to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

The Philippine Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) bill “was not enacted on time,” prompting the DOH to take action.

Vergeire claimed that lifting the declaration at this time would be costly for the “various reaction plans that we are now executing.”

She stated in a press conference that the state of calamity provision of the law serves as the foundation for the Covid-19 vaccination program and that without it, “if that is gone, we will face difficulties in our vaccination drive.” She also noted that Covid-19 vaccines are administered under emergency use authorization.

Additionally, it would have an impact on the urgent recruiting and compensation of medical front-line workers.

When we are unable to prolong the state of tragedy, “all of them, aside from the other situations, will be affected,” Vergeire warned.

In order to enable the national and local governments to consistently provide pandemic-related interventions, the state of calamity caused by Covid-19 was first announced in March 2020 and had been extended.

In the event of a tragedy, the nation might use the Quick Response Fund and other relevant resources to prevent the virus’ spread and monitor and regulate the cost of essential goods and high-value commodities.

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