President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is considering the extension of the state of public health emergency the Philippines is under due to Covid-19, he said on Wednesday.

During the PinasLakas Vaccination Campaign in SM City Manila, the president said talks were ongoing with the Department of Health (DOH).

“Yes, we were just discussing it with [Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire],” he said.

The DOH has recommended amendments in the law on the government’s procurement of supplies amid a public health emergency in case the state of calamity would not be extended.

Former president Rodrigo Duterte first placed the Philippines under a state of calamity due to Covid-19 in March 2020.

In September 2021, he stretched the declaration until Sept. 12, 2022.

The DOH remains without a secretary to date.

The imposition of a state of calamity will allow the government to monitor and control the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities and provide basic services. John Ezekiel J. Hirro