MANILA – The 19 local government units (LGUs) whose jurisdictions were included in the expanded pilot of the alert levels system (ALS) have been consulted, Malacañang said Thursday.
This, after the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) urged the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to defer the expansion of the pilot ALS to areas outside Metro Manila to Nov. 1.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a virtual presser, said the IATF-EID had informed the concerned local executives about the new alert levels in some provinces and cities.
“Lilinawin ko lang po ha. Lahat po ng mga rehiyon at mga probinsyang magpapatupad ng alert levels system, kinonsulta po ang mga LGU (I just want to clarify. All regional and provincial LGUs have been consulted over the implementation of the alert levels system),” Roque said.
The IATF-EID, in its Resolution 144-D issued on Oct. 18, approved the pilot of the ALS in 14 provinces and five cities from Oct. 20 to 31.
Under the resolution, Alert Level 4 has been implemented in Negros Oriental and Davao Occidental, while Alert Level 3 has been imposed in Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Siquijor, Davao City, and Davao del Norte.
The provinces of Batangas, Quezon, Bohol, Cebu, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental have been put under Alert Level 2.
Alert Level 2 has also been implemented in the cities of Lucena City, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue.
On Wednesday, LPP president and Marinduque Gov. Presbitero Velasco Jr. said LGUs need time to study the alert levels.
Roque said the IATF-EID need not inform all the local executives nationwide, since the expanded pilot of the ALS covers only select areas in the country.
“Hindi po siguro nakonsulta ang buong league of governors kasi hindi naman po i-implement sa lahat ng probinsya ang alert levels system (Perhaps, not all league of governments had been consulted because the alert levels system will not be implemented in all provinces),” he said.
Roque, nevertheless, said the alert levels will be implemented outside Metro Manila, since there was already a drop in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections and improvement of healthcare utilization rate in the country’s metropolis.
Citing Covid-19 data in Metro Manila, Roque said the lower Covid-19 cases in the region could be attributed to the ALS.
“‘Yung mga paunang datos po ay nagpapakita na mukhang gumagana po itong alert levels system, dahilan para i-expand natin yung pilot at malaman natin with conclusiveness kung talagang mas epektibo nga itong alert levels system and granular lockdown (The data showed that it seems working, a reason to expand the pilot implementation and determine with conclusiveness if alert levels system and granular lockdown are more effective),” he said. (PNA)