Thu. May 26th, 2022

The Metro Manila Council (MMC), unanimously agreed on by the MMC—composed of the 17 mayors in the NCR, an official recommendation to place the National Capital Region (NCR) under the least restrictive Alert Level 1 beginning March 1 to 15, as Covid-19 cases continue to fall in the capital and most of the country.

The basis of the MMC to ease the restrictions in the region is to open up the economy to ensure job generation as the positivity rate in NCR has dropped to 4.64 percent, below the 5 percent standard of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Meanwhile The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has completed the amendments to the Guidelines on the Nationwide Implementation of Alert Level System for COVID-19 Response.

Part Two lists below are the protocols to be observed under Alert Level 1.

The Hospital Infection Prevention and Control Committees (HIPCC) may implement testing protocols in health facilities for health workers and patients based on their assessment of risk and benefit.

On isolation and quarantine, updated quarantine protocols for incoming international travelers shall be consistent with IATF Resolution No. 160 A/B, and updated isolation and quarantine protocols for general public & healthcare workers and authorized sectors shall be consistent with DOH Dept Memo No. 2022-0013.

Under Alert Level 1, establishments are no longer required to set-up isolation facilities within the workplace.

On treatment, close contacts, asymptomatic confirmed cases and mild to moderate confirmed cases shall be managed at the primary care level, such as health centers, private clinics thru face to face or teleconsultation, while confirmed cases with severe and critical symptoms shall be managed in the appropriate health care facility.

In the case of reintegration, isolation can be discontinued upon completion of the recommended isolation period, provided that they do not have fever for at least 24 hours without the use of any antipyretic medications, and shall have improvement of respiratory signs and symptoms.

For the purpose of claiming sick leave, health benefits or other relevant processes wherein the proofs of Covid-19 management are necessary, a medical certification may suffice provided it should include the following minimum information: name of patient, severity of symptoms, diagnosis as probable or confirmed Covid -19, and date of end of quarantine and/or isolation period.

Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health Christopher “Bong” Go has urged the government to thoroughly study the suggested downgrade of Metro Manila and other parts of the country to Covid-19 Alert Level 1, as he reiterated the need for continued vigilance amid the pandemic.

In a recent statement issued, Go once again asked the authorities to guarantee the enforcement of health protocols to protect the public. He also urged Filipinos anew to remain disciplined as the country gradually shifts to the new normal.

“Siguraduhin natin na nakalatag na ang mga patakarang kailangan upang masigurong ligtas ang mga komunidad. Manatili po tayong disiplinado ngayong unti-unti nang nagbabalik sa normal ang ating pamumuhay. Alalahanin po natin na pinakaimportante ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino,” he said.

The senator also reiterated his appeal to all qualified Filipinos to get their vaccines and booster shots once eligible.

“Tulad ng palagi kong sinasabi, ang bakuna at ang pagsunod sa mga patakaran ang tanging susi at solusyon para tuluyang malampasan na ang pandemya,” he concluded.

“Gayunpaman, huwag muna tayong maging kumpiyansa. Delikado pa rin ang panahon hanggang nandirito pa ang banta ng Covid-19,” Go stressed.

“Kaya mahalaga na mapag-aralan nang mabuti ang dahan-dahang pagluluwag at pagbaba sa Alert Level 1 lalo na sa Metro Manila,” he reiterated.

18 years old and above

Meanwhile, individuals 18 years old and above will be required to present proof of full vaccination before participating in mass gatherings or entry into indoor establishments, such as but not limited to:

1. In-person religious gatherings; gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of the Covid-19 deceased;

2. All indoor dine-in services of food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants and eateries. For outdoor or al fresco dining and take out channels, no proof of full vaccination is required;

3. All indoor personal care establishments such as barbershops, hair spas, hair salons, and nail spas, and those offering aesthetic/cosmetic services or procedures, make-up services, salons, spas, reflexology and other similar procedures including home service options;

4. Fitness studios, gyms and venues for exercise and sports; 5. All indoor cinemas or movie houses operating at full capacity; 6. Meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibition events and permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers ;

7. Venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences such as in karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls and theaters; 8. Indoor ancillary establishments in hotels and other accommodation establishments; and 9. Venues for election-related events.

Proof of full vaccination shall be required before entry in the list of establishments identified under the principles of 3C’s strategy against COVID-19. Children ages 17 and below shall not be required to present proof of vaccination status. #

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