PH will keep the COVID alert level system – Nograles

Karlo Nograles

MANILA, Philippines — Acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles said on Tuesday that the alert level system would be retained in the National action plan (NAP) to fight the pandemic.

“The alert level system will be institutionalized to serve as an alert system for a possible increase in cases or outbreaks,” Nograles said in a statement.

He said Alert Level 1 would be the “new normal” and would focus on improving risk management.

The Palace will wait for the NAP to be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte and the pandemic task force in early March, he said.

“We expect the NAP to update care delivery and health system protocols to include telemedicine and home care and updated plans for procurement of COVID-19 treatment drugs. “, did he declare.

The Palace also expects him to stress the need for full vaccination, the administration of boosters and pediatric vaccination.

The plan also includes measures to improve investment, promote employment and accelerate economic growth and development.

Roadmap

Vince Dizon, presidential adviser for the response to COVID-19, said the government had started to develop the “roadmap to the new normal” and the goal was now to reduce cases to less than 1,000 a day. this month.

With increased vaccination and the fact that the new Omicron variant is milder than Delta, “we believe now is the time to start discussing and planning a roadmap so that we can already start living with COVID-19 “, said Dizon.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration clarified on Tuesday that only fully vaccinated foreigners from more than 150 countries listed in an executive order can enter the Philippines without a visa from February 10.

In an advisory, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that foreigners whose country of nationality was not listed in Executive Order No. 408 could not benefit from the visa waiver privilege, so they were required obtain a visa before traveling to the Philippines.

Under the said EO, nationals of 157 countries can be admitted to the country without a visa for an initial stay of 30 days.

These countries include Canada, Japan, Singapore, United States, New Zealand, Malaysia and South Korea.

“Fully vaccinated”

Morente said foreign tourists from countries not listed under EO 408 must obtain a 9(a) visa and an Entry Exempt Document (EED) from one of the Philippine embassies or consulates in the stranger.

“They must also be fully vaccinated or they will be refused entry even if they have valid 9(a) visas and DRE,” he added.

Morente, meanwhile, explained that former Filipinos who qualify for the one-year Balikbayan privilege would also need to be fully vaccinated before they can enter the country.

The Balikbayan program allows former Filipinos, including their foreign spouse and dependents traveling with them, to enter the country without a visa for one year.

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