Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte had an urgent announcement on how the government fight the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of the Filipinos.
Here are salient points of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Address to the Nation (12 March 2020)
-Covid-19 alert raised to Code Red Sub-level 2.
-Obey health authorities. Don't downplay Covid-19.
-Follow social distancing measures.
-Police, military to help avert Covid-19 crisis.
-Work in the executive branch shall be suspended within the period but skeletal force shall be maintained in offices.
-Flexi-work arrangements shall be encouraged in the private sector.
-Community quarantine is imposed in Metro Manila.
-In other areas, local government units can impose localized quarantine.
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- Provincial quarantine if there are more than 2 persons with Covid-19.
-Municipal, city, barangay-wide quarantine is advised when there are more than 2 persons with Covid-19.
-Suspension of classes in Metro Manila extended until April 12.
-LRT, MRT and PNR to remain in operation but maintain social distancing.
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-PNP can help in implementation of measures vs. Covid-19. This is not martial law.
-Mass gatherings are prohibited during the period.
-The LGUs outside the National Capital Region are advised to exercise sound discretion in suspending classes in their respective jurisdictions.
-Duterte says, “Konting pasensiya lang. It’s for your own good. Let’s help each other.”
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This article is written up in support to spread awareness for COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.