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MANILA, Sept 24 (Mabuhay) — The pilot implementation of the new alert level system with granular lockdowns in Metro Manila may be extended beyond September, an official said.

“Ang pananaw po namin baka ma-extend pa uli itong pagpa-pilot sa (National Capital Region),” Interior and Local Government Epimaco Densing said.

“Sa October i-extend pa natin sa NCR,” he added.

Densing said officials are also talking about the possibility of revising some of the guidelines in the implementation of the alert level system.

Under the current system, granular lockdowns are enforced in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 infections, as opposed to locking down entire provinces or regions.

The new alert levels were introduced in a bid to spur the economy severely dragged by pandemic-forced lockdowns.

“Magkakaroon kami ng pagpupulong sa iba-ibang ahensya dito sa sub-technical working group on data analytics. Ire-review po namin itong mga panuntunan natin doon sa pilot dito sa NCR, at sa pananaw po namin magkakaroon ng pagrerebisa,” he said.

Densing said they are also eyeing the pilot testing of the alert level system in areas outside Metro Manila.

“Nung Lunes po, nagsalita po ako sa ating asembliya ng provincial o local league of provincial governors at nabanggit ko nga itong maging ready na sila, maintindihan na nila itong alert level systems. Open po sila. Kaso nga lang ang aming initial na pananaw dito, baka hindi pa lahat ay ready.”

“Baka magkaroon tayo ng piloting naman sa iba’t ibang probinsya at highly-urbanized city sa labas ng NCR para gawin itong alert level system,” he said.

Densing said he hopes the new alert level system will result in stable, if not lower, average daily COVID-19 cases in the region.

“Kailangan stable ‘yung average daily cases natin ng COVID-19. Kung hindi man stable kailangan bumaba, at nakikita na natin itong huling tatlong araw medyo pababa na po ‘yung numero.” (MNS)

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