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Philippines now under 6-month state of calamity amid surging COVID-19 cases

The calamity declaration was recommended to the President by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). It was issued through Proclamation No. 929 signed by the President last March 16 but released by the Palace on Tuesday. 

“There is hereby declared a state of calamity throughout the Philippines for a period of six (6) months unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant,” the proclamation read.

The President ordered law enforcement agencies, with the support of the military, to undertake all necessary measures to "ensure peace and order in the affected areas."

 “All government agencies and LGUs are enjoined to render full assistance to and cooperation with each other and mobilize the necessary resources to undertake critical, urgent, and appropriate disaster response aid and measures in a timely manner to curtail and eliminate the threat of COVID-19,” the proclamation read.

As of Wednesday, the country has a total of 193 coronavirus cases after 6 more patients tested positive for the virus.

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