Chief implementer of the country’s National Action Plan (NAP) against Covid-19 Carlito Galvez Jr. on Wednesday said Phase 3 of the government’s response strategy would be rolled out in October.

Effective from October to December, the NAP Phase 3 will focus on keeping down the Covid-19 case count “to the very minimum level” and easing Metro Manila’s quarantine classification to modified general community quarantine.

“Ang focus natin d’yan is how we can sustain the gains for the past six months and ang challenge natin ay mapababa natin ang ating cases to the very minimum level,” Galvez said in a virtual presser.

Phase 3 of the NAP will also aim to cut the average daily Covid-19 deaths from about 60 back to single digits.

It also seeks to intensify the enforcement of minimum health standards to further curb the spread of Covid-19 in its duration, which will coincide with Undas and Christmas season.

The national government earlier ordered the closure of cemeteries on Undas to prevent mass gatherings. No guidelines have been released yet on how the government will address distancing and travel measures during the Christmas season.

“Dapat, we will prepare our capacities and also we will prepare our quarantine facilities. Also, ipreprepare natin ang tinatawag nating minimum health standards to be fully-implemented to the fullest, both sa workplace and also sa tinatawag nating common areas na pinupuntahan ng mga tao,” Galvez said.

Galvez said the NAP would not only focus on public health but also tackle measures on how to revive the economy, in coordination with the National Economic and Development Authority.

As of Sept. 23, 294,591 Filipinos have contracted Covid-19. John Ezekiel J. Hirro