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PBBM extends the calamity until the end of the year.

A proclamation signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. extends the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) state of calamity in the Philippines until December 31, 2022.

In Proclamation No. 57, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. of the Philippines stated, “Now, therefore, I Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. do at this moment further extend the declared State of Calamity throughout the Philippines effective 13 September 2022 to 31 December 2022, unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant.”

All government organizations and local government units (LGUs) were urged by Marcos to continue providing each other with complete assistance and cooperation and to mobilize the resources needed to quickly implement critical, urgent, and effective disaster response aid and measures to mitigate and eradicate the threat posed by Covid-19.

Additionally, he instructed all law enforcement agencies to continue taking all necessary steps to maintain peace and order in the affected areas as may be required, with the assistance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Following the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s recommendation to further extend the declared state of calamity, Marcos signed Proclamation No. 57 on Tuesday. This was done for the national government and local government units (LGUs) to continuously provide Covid-19-related interventions, such as but not limited to, the Covid-19 vaccination program; utilize appropriate funds, including the Quick Response Fund, in their disaster preparedness and response efforts to contain the

Former President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 929 on March 16, 2020, declaring a state of calamity across the nation for six months due to COVID-19.

Through Proclamation No. 1021, Duterte later prolonged the state of calamity from September 13, 2020, to September 12, 2021.

Through Proclamation No. 1218, he prolonged the state of calamity designation for a third time, from September 13, 2021, to September 12, 2022.

The state of disaster may be extended for “perhaps three months,” according to press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles, but only to preserve its benefits, including but not limited to indemnification, emergency purchasing, and special risk allowance for healthcare employees.

Cruz-Angeles claimed that the nation is already “6% away from the wall of immunity,” citing government data.

Marcos previously issued Executive Order No. 3, which permits the voluntary use of face masks outside, particularly in wide-open spaces and unpopulated, well-ventilated outdoor regions.

Seniors, people with impaired immune systems, and those who have not finished their primary Covid-19 vaccine series are “strongly urged” to use face masks.

As of September 12th, according to data from the National Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard, nearly 72.7 million Filipinos had received their first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, booster doses have been administered to more than 18.6 million Filipinos.

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