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Lockdown alert level system to be implemented outside NCR starting Oct. 20

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Oct 19, 2021 2:40 pm Updated Oct 20, 2021 8:19 am

The COVID-19 alert level system classifications are expanding beyond Metro Manila starting Oct. 20 until Oct. 30.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced during the televised palace briefing today that the following areas will take after the implementation of the alert levels piloted in NCR:

Alert Level 4: Negros Oriental and Davao Occidental

Alert Level 3: Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Siquijor, Davao City, and Davao del Norte

Alert Level 2: Metro Manila, Batangas, Quezon Province, Lucena City, Bohol, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Cebu Province, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental

No area will be under Alert Level 1 just yet, the most lenient classification which allows 100% capacity for activities attended by fully vaccinated individuals.

"We are expanding our pilot implementation of the alert level system habang binubusisi pa talaga ‘yung results ng initial pilot. ‘Pag napag-aralan naman talaga na mas epektibo itong alert level system, we will implement it on a nationwide basis," Roque said.

What's allowed and not allowed under the Alert Levels?

Roque also listed down the following allowed business establishments and activities per level system, with Alert Level 4 having the strictest guidelines out of the four.

Roque added that over 24 million Filipinos have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with 92.85% of the targeted population in Metro Manila receiving their first dose and 80.78% being fully vaccinated.

The implementation of the alert level system was initially eyed on Oct. 17.

“The granular lockdown and alert level system will be rolled out first to the regions which are big contributors to GDP (gross domestic product). So that will be the priority,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez during a Task Force T3 (Test, Trace, Treat) Partners Update.

The alert level system was introduced to Metro Manila on Sept. 16 under Alert Level 4.