On Monday, Iloilo City is considering lowering its alert level to zero, but the Department of Health’s regional office in Western Visayas is still waiting for guidance from the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City said he is writing a letter to request the new classification.
Once the city has shifted to Alert Level 0, wearing of face masks will be optional and would urge the start of face-to-face classes.
According to DOH Senior Program Health Officer John Richard Lapascua, Western Visayas still qualifies to be on Alert Level 1 based on the growth in cases, average daily attack rate (ADAR), health care utilization rate (HCUR), and vaccination status.
Iloilo City is one of the areas in the Philippines that have been downgraded to Alert Level 1 until March 31, 2022.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila mayors also backed measures to further deescalate the capital region into Alert Level Zero as new COVID-19 cases declined, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).