President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the state of calamity over the country until 12 September 2021, or a period of one year from 13 September 2020.
Duterte, under Proclamation No 1021, noted that CoViD-19 cases and deaths “despite efforts and interventions to contain the same”.
The PP also cited that the extension of the state of calamity throughout the Philippines was recommended by the National Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The extension will in effect “afford the national government, as well as local government units, ample latitude to continue utilizing appropriate funds, including the Quick Response Fund, in their disaster preparedness and response efforts to contain the spread of CoViD-19, monitor and control prices of basic necessities and prime commodities, and provide basic services to affected populations”.
All government agencies and LGUs are enjoined to continue rendering full assistance to, and cooperate with each other, as well as mobilize the necessary resources to undertake “critical, urgent, and appropriate disaster response aid and measures to curtail the spread of the virus.
The President had earlier placed the country under state of calamity last 16 March and was supposed to end this month.