The Department of Health (DOH) has asked the Office of the President (OP) to extend the state of calamity in the Philippines due to Covid-19, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said. 

Vergeire announced during a press conference that the DOH filed a memorandum to the OP to extend the state of calamity since its declaration is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2022.

“We already submitted our memo for the President, requesting the extension of the state of calamity in consideration of the fact that the CDC bill was not enacted on time,” she said. 

The health OIC added that they had a meeting with the OP, along with other concerned agencies such as the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), on December 23 to discuss the reason for the extension.

“We are just waiting for the official response of the Office of the President in terms of this memo that we have submitted to them, but we are all aware of the timeline on the 31st,” Vergeire said.

Earlier, President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. extended the state of calamity in the Philippines until the end of the year following a recommendation from the National Disaster Risk-Reduction and Management Council.

Ronald Espartinez