Palace: Next phase of PH COVID plan to keep alert levels as 'warning system' for future surges

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) — The government will retain the alert level system as it gears for the next phase of the National Action Plan (NAP) against COVID-19, Malacañang said Tuesday.

“The Alert Level System will be institutionalized to serve as our warning system for possible increase in cases or outbreaks,” said acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles, adding the loosest Alert Level 1 will be the country’s new normal.

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The NAP aims to balance COVID-19 pandemic management and the safe reopening of the economy. NAP Phase V particularly focuses on the country’s shift to the new normal, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) earlier said.

“We expect NAP V to update care provision and health system protocols to include telemed and home-based care and updated plans for procuring of treatment medicines against COVID-19,” said Nograles.

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NAP V is also seen to put more emphasis on full vaccination, administration of booster shots, and inoculation of minors, added the Cabinet Secretary.

“We also expect NAP V to focus on catchup plans, investment and job promotion, and accelerating economic growth and development,” Nograles added.

The Philippines is currently on the fourth phase of the NAP. NEDA earlier said the country scored 7.63 in December in its NAP IV scorecard, where 9 is the highest. It was an improvement from the 6.99 score obtained the prior month.