Metro Manila under Alert Level 2 until end of February; Gov’t eyes expansion of vaccination drive to areas with low inoculation rate

By Willem James Banaynal III

Metro Manila will remain under Alert Level 2 until February 28, as announced by acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles on Monday, February 14.

The National Capital Region (NCR) has been classified as Alert Level 2 since the beginning of February, as the daily number of COVID-19 cases in the region continues to decrease.

In areas under Alert Level 2, various establishments are allowed to operate at a maximum of 50% indoor capacity and 70% outdoor capacity, for fully vaccinated individuals. This is provided that all workers in the said establishments are also fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Furthermore, as previously ordered by the Department of Education (DepEd) in early February, face-to-face classes will also gradually resume and expand in areas classified as Alert Level 2.

Along with Metro Manila, the following areas were also put under Alert Level 2 from February 16-28:

LUZON: Abra, Albay, Angeles City. Apayao, Aurora,Baguio City, Bataan, Batanes, Batangas, Benguet, Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes. Cavite, City of Santiago, Dagupan City. Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Kalinga, Laguna, La Union, Lucena City, Marinduque, Masbate, Mountain Province, Naga City, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Occidental Mindoro, Olongapo City, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Puerto Princesa City, Quezon Province, Quirino, Rizal, Romblon, Sorsogon, Tarlac, Zambales

VISAYAS: Aklan, Antique, Bacolod City, Biliran, Bohol, Capiz, Cebu, Cebu City, Eastern Samar, Lapu-Lapu City, Leyte, Mandaue City, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Ormoc City, Siquijor, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, Western Samar

MINDANAO: Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Basilan, Bukidnon, Butuan City, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, City of Isabela, Cotabato City, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Islands, General Santos City, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay

Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has classified seven areas to be under Alert Level 3 for the same time period. 

The areas declared as such are the following:

  • Iloilo City
  • Iloilo Province
  • Guimaras
  • Zamboanga City
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao Occidental
  • South Cotabato

In line with these, the government is also planning to increase the coverage of its COVID-19 vaccination drive in areas where the inoculation rate against the virus is low.

According to Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, vaccinating the elderly or those under the A2 category will be a priority in the increased coverage of the government’s vaccination drive, as a total of 2.5 million senior citizens remain unprotected against COVID-19.

At present, 61.4 million Filipinos are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 9 million individuals have already received their booster shots, as mentioned by Cabotaje.

References:

CNN Philippines Staff. (2022, February 14). Govt eyes monthly massive vaccine drive to inoculate more elderly vs. COVID-19. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/2/14/govt-mass-vaccine-drive-monthly-elderly-.html

CNN Philippines Staff. (2022, February 14). NCR stays under Alert Level 2, seven areas remain under Alert Level 3 until end-February. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/2/14/alert-level-status-Feb-16-28.html

doh.gov.ph. (n.d.). WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2. Department of Health. Retrieved from https://doh.gov.ph/node/33590

Galvez, D. (2022, February 14). Metro Manila to stay under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 until Feb 28; Alert Level 3 up in 7 areas. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1554513/metro-manila-to-stay-under-covid-19-alert-level-2-until-feb-28-alert-level-3-up-in-7-areas