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Pres. Duterte declares PH under state of calamity until 2021

According to President Rodrigo Duterte that he extend the state of calamity in the country by one year amid the raging new coronavirus pandemic.

Malaca├▒ang on Friday (September 18) released Proclamation No. 1021 which prolonged the declared nationwide state of calamity over the country for a period of one year, from September 13, 2020 to September 12, 2020, “unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant.” The issurance was dated Sept. 16.

The extension of the state of calamity was recommended by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

"This extension, will, among others, effectively afford the national government as well as local government units (LGUs) 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 the affected populations,” the President said.

The President also ordered all law enforcement agencies to ensure peace and order in the affected areas.

The proclamation was issued as COVID-19 cases in the country hit 279,526 on Friday, of which 65,906 are active cases, 208,790 are recoveries and 4,830 are deaths.

Duterte first placed the country under a state of public health emergency on March 8, during the early days of the pandemic.


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