Duterte extends national state of calamity until Sept. 2021

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) - President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the country’s state of calamity status until next year due to the ongoing pandemic.

According to Proclamation No. 1021, signed by Duterte last Sept. 16, the national state of calamity is effective Sept. 13 this year until Sept. 12, 2021, “unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant.”

The proclamation cited that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country and deaths continues to rise despite efforts and interventions.

As of Sept. 18, the Philippines has recorded 279,526 infections, 4,830 deaths, and 208,790 recoveries.

It added that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has recommended the extension of declared state of calamity throughout the country.

“The extension will, among others, effectively afford the National Government, as well as local government units, 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,” read the proclamation.

Duterte first declared a national state of calamity last March 17, just two days after he placed the entire Metro Manila under a lockdown.

He also signed into law recently the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2, which provides P165.5 billion fund for pandemic response and economic recovery.