By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — Nearly a month after making the request, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday that it has yet to receive a categorical and formal response to extend the nationwide State of Calamity declared by former President Duterte at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago.
Despite this, DOH officer-in-charge Ma. Rosario Vergeire said that her organization is still putting together backup plans to carry on in the nation’s pandemic response should the state of calamity be removed.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s earlier statements showed that the Chief Executive is still “hesitant” to announce an extension of the COVID-19 state of calamity in the Philippines that served as the foundation for the health agency’s parallel plans as far as the Covid-19 response is concerned Vergeire said.
“Indirectly, the President has already verbalized in one of his media outings that he’s very hesitant to extend the state of calamity,” she said.
“And coming from there, from his statement, we are already preparing a parallel so we can still continue on with the other things that we are doing for this response,” the health official added.