More areas placed under COVID-19 Alert Level 1

More areas placed under COVID-19 Alert Level 1
Commuters queue for the free ride at the MRT-3 North Avenue Station in Quezon City on Monday morning, March 28, 2022.
The STAR / Miguel de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines — More areas will be under Alert Level 1 beginning Saturday, Malacañang said as the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to fall.

Acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar announced Friday that Mountain Province, Southern Leyte and Misamis Oriental will be under Alert Level 1 from April 9 to 15.

Other areas under Alert Level 1 until mid-April include the following:

  • Buguias in Benguet
  • Atimonan and Tiaong in Quezon Province
  • Santa Magdalena in Sorsogon
  • City of Masbate in Masbate
  • Batad and Zarraga in Iloilo
  • City of Talisay in Cebu
  • Javier (Bugho) and La Paz in Leyte
  • Maslog in Eastern Samar
  • Paranas (Wright) in Samar  
  • Linamon in Lanao del Norte
  • Calamba in Misamis Occidental
  • Padada in Davao del Sur
  • Sibagat in Agusan del Sur
  • Tubajon and Cagdianao in Dinagat Islands

All business establishments may operate and all activities may be done at full on-site and venue capacity under Alert Level 1. 

“All other provisions as to the alert level of provinces, highly urbanized cities, independent component cities, component cities and municipalities under IATF Resolution No.165-E not affected by the abovementioned alert level classification shall remain in effect until April 15, 2022,” Andanar said.

The Philippines has confirmed more than 3.68 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 59,591 deaths. — Gaea Katreena Cabico


As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: July 30, 2022 - 4:09pm

President Rodrigo Duterte signs Executive Order No. 151 adopting the alert level system for nationwide rollout.

Under the order, the alert level system will be implemented in four phases.

  • Phase 1: NCR, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Central Visayas, Davao region
  • Phase 2: Ilocos, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao
  • Phase 3: Cagayan, Bicol, Zamboanga Peninsula

— Main photo: AFP/Ted Aljibe

July 30, 2022 - 4:09pm

The Department of Health announces that Metro Manila remains under COVID-19 Alert Level 1 until August 15.

July 16, 2022 - 10:15am


Current COVID-19 alert levels in the country to stay put, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles announces Saturday.

“The status quo holds for our alert levels, which the IATF will be reviewing on Monday,” she says in a text message sent to reporters. 

June 15, 2022 - 5:31pm

Malacañang announces that Metro Manila will remain under the most lenient Alert Level 1 from June 16 to 30 despite an uptick in COVID-19 infections in the capital region. — The STAR/Alexis Romero

April 13, 2022 - 9:03am

Metro Manila will remain under Alert Level 1 from April 16 to 30, Malacañang announces.

April 6, 2022 - 5:08pm

President Rodrigo Duterte says he won't lift the alert levels yet because other areas are still grappling with pandemic infections.

"You know almost everyone wants to go back to zero or (Alert Level) 1. That cannot be because some areas still have (infections). Until such time that we only have one or two (cases) all over the country, Alert Level 1 would still be a good, like a buffer for us," Duterte says.

"Let us not lift that first until we are very sure that everything is really all right especially in our area because it would reinfect and reinfect and then there is a new mutant, we might have problems," he adds. — Alexis Romero

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