Duterte signs order for nationwide ALS

Covid isolation booths at the Caruncho Stadium at the Rizal High School in Pasig City are disinfected before being dismantled. As the number of Covid-19 cases continue to decrease in Metro Manila, some local governments are scaling down their quarantine facilities.

THE Alert Level System (ALS), which was initially pilot-tested in Metro Manila, will soon be rolled out nationwide.

The expanded implementation of the scheme, which focuses on isolating Covid-19 cases in granular lockdowns, is expected to allow more businesses to operate as well as generate more employment opportunities.

President Duterte on Thursday signed Executive Order 151 approving the nationwide implementation of the ALS for Covid-19 response.

Under the issuance, the implementation of the ALS will be divided in four phases.

The first part of the enforcement will cover the areas where the ALS is currently being piloted like the National Capital Region (NCR) as well as regions 3, 4A, 6, 7, 10 and 11.

Phase 2 includes Regions 1, 8, and 12, while the third phase will apply to Regions 2, 5 and 9.

The final part of the rollout covers the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions 4B, 13, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

“The shift to Phase 2 may begin at any time after the effectivity of this Order, as may be determined by the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases], but not later than the end of November 2021,” Duterte said in his four-paged EO.

“The succeeding phases shall then commence every week thereafter until full nationwide implementation,” he added.

Until an area is covered by the ALS, it will continue to adhere to the Community Quarantine guidelines stipulated under EO 112, Series of 2020.

EO 151 will take effect immediately upon its publication in the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation.

ALS allows almost all establishments and activities in areas under Alert Level 4 to 1, except for some deemed high-risk for spreading Covid-19 infections.  These will have restricted venue capacity, which may range from 10 percent to as high as 70 percent.

Duterte authorized the IATF to amend the said IATF guidelines for ALS without the need of his authorization.

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