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).

The Wheelhouse, Iloilo City, Philippines | Photo from Unsplash

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.

Oton, Iloilo, Philippines | Photo from Unsplash

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).

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