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PH state of calamity from COVID-19 extended by one year; netizens react

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Proclamation 1021, extending the country’s current state of calamity from September 13, 2020 to September 12, 2021.

It looks like the battle against COVID-19–presumably including current quarantine measures—will remain in place for at least another year.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation 1021 on Wednesday, September 16, extending the country’s state of calamity until September 12, 2021. This puts the Philippines in a state of national calamity for at least one and a half years—at least until the President decides it is safe to lift the declaration.

In the proclamation, Duterte cites rising positive cases of COVID-19 and death toll from the virus as one of the reasons for the extension “despite efforts and interventions to contain the same.”

The proclamation empowers “all government agencies and local government units to continue rendering full assistance to and cooperation with each other.” It also means LGUs and government agencies can continue tapping appropriate funds—including their Quick Response funds—to further their disaster preparedness and response efforts.

It also empowers law enforcement agencies and the armed forces to “continue undertaking all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in affected areas.”

Most netizens were not surprised by the administration’s move. Some have pointed out that this plays into Duterte’s “plan” of simply waiting for a vaccine.

Some have poked fun at the declaration, saying the government has been in a state of calamity since Duterte won the presidential race in May 2016.

Others poked fun at the government, saying they don’t like anything about the government.

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Some also revisited the President’s promise that a vaccine will be available by December 2020.

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Duterte last placed the country under a state of calamity on March 16, 2020. That proclamation—which also placed the entire island of Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine—expired on September 13.

Since then, the country has not made any headway into containing the virus—a fact highlighted by recent numbers from the Department of Health (DOH).

Complaints of abuse of authority and corruption have hounded the government’s COVID-19 response. People have also claimed the pandemic is a diversionary tactic 


As of September 18, the DOH has tallied a total of 3,257 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s total to 279,526. Active cases of COVID-19 are now at 65,906. Deaths caused by COVID-19 are now at 4,830, while those deemed recovered are at 208,790.

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