Philippines: COVID-19 Update
- The Department of Health
The Department of Health provides the national context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The site includes information regarding the number of cases, public advisories, press briefings, and the latest news updates (English & Local Languages).
- The COVID-19 PH Official Website
The COVID-19 PH official website provides real-time updates on the national context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The site includes information regarding the number of cases, news and issuances, briefings, photos, and videos. It also addresses frequently asked questions (FAQs) (English & Local Languages).
Reports & Guidelines
Declaring State of Calamity throughout the Philippines due to COVID-19 (OP 200316 Proclamation No. 929)
On March 16, 2020, the Philippines declared a state of calamity throughout the whole country. This included an Enchanted Community Quarantine throughout Luzon (English).
Declaring the Existence of a National Emergency Arising from COVID-19 Situation (OP 200324 Republic Act No. 11469)
On March 24, 2020, the Philippines enacted Republic Act No. 11469 known as “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”. It declares the existence of a national emergency arising from the COVID-19 situation, and it authorizes the President to exercise emergency powers (English).
Extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine over the Entire Luzon Until 30 April 2020
On April 7, 2020, the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) over the entire Luzon was extended until April 30, 2020. All concerned agencies were directed to continue implementing existing guidelines relative to the ECQ during the period of extension (English).
Guidelines on the Use of Telemedicine in COVID-19 Response (DOH 200407 MC No. 2020-0016)
The Department of Health National Privacy Commission (DOH-NPC) established guidelines on the use of telemedicine in COVID-19 response to enable patients to receive health services even while staying at home or to avail of COVID-19-related health services (English).
Privacy Guidelines on the Processing and Disclosure of COVID-19 Related Data for Disease Surveillance and Response
Public health action must be promoted while safeguarding the data privacy rights of every individual. The privacy guidelines provide information on the processing and disclosure of COVID-19 related data for disease surveillance and response (English).
Guidelines on the Risk-Based Public Health Standards for COVID-19 Mitigation
The order aims to provide guidance for sectoral planning on the implementation of minimum public health standards to mitigate the threat of COVID-19. Among its objectives are to increase physical and mental resilience, and reduce transmission, contact, and the duration of infection (English).
Imposing an Enhanced Community Quarantine in High-risk Geographic Areas of the Philippines and a General Community Quarantine in the Rest of the Country from 01 to 15 May 2020
An Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was imposed in high-risk geographic areas of the Philippines from May 1-15, 2020. The rest of the country was placed under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in order to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 and prevent the overburdening of the healthcare system (English).
Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19
Select private institutions are allowed to operate during an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and a General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The guidelines aim to assist them in developing the minimum health protocols and standards in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (English).
Minimum Health System Capacity Standards for Preparedness and Response Strategies
The order aims to define the minimum health system capacity standards for COVID-19 preparedness and response strategies as guidance for sectoral and local planning. It shall apply to both the public and private sectors (English).
Guidelines on the Operations of Malls and Shopping Centers in Areas Declared under General Community Quarantine (GCQ)
Mall operators and commercial establishments allowed to operate under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) are prescribed to strictly comply with these guidelines in order to discourage loitering and unnecessary foot traffic inside malls and shopping centers (English).
Guidelines for Public Transport in Areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ)
The guidelines shall be adopted in areas under GCQ by the road, rail, aviation, and maritime sectors in order to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the commuters (English).
Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines
The guidelines aim to harmonize and codify existing policies of the IATF and member-agencies pertaining to community quarantine, which shall be applied to all regions, provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays placed under community quarantine (English).
Infographics & Posters
Department of Health (DOH) Infographics on COVID-19
The DOH of the Philippines has a webpage dedicated to information on health advisories, ways to protect yourself from COVID-19, and tips to prevent it from spreading (English, Filipino).
DO’s and DON’Ts During the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon
Through Laging Handa PH, the Philippine government has prepared useful information on what should and should not be done during the ECQ (English).
KIRA- the Chatbot That Answers COVID-19 Related Questions
The DOH launched a chatbot called Kontra COVID or Katuwang na Impormasyon para sa Responsableng Aksyon (KIRA). Learn how you can chat with KIRA to get fast and reliable information about COVID-19 (Filipino).
ECQ and GCQ Guidelines
Posters were developed to inform the public on specific guidelines during an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and a General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Minimum public health standards shall be complied with at all times for the duration of the GCQ (English).
Laging Handa Philippines
Laging Handa PH is the Philippine Government’s crisis communications center. The organization has collaborated with the DOH to produce videos on preventative measures against COVID-19 (English, Local Languages).
Department of Health (DOH) Advisories on COVID-19
The DOH produced several videos on how to fight COVID-19 (Local Languages).
The National Action Plan Against COVID-19
The Philippine Government has formulated the National Action Plan to arrest the further spread of COVID-19 in communities. Learn more about the Detect + Isolate + Treat + Reintegrate (DITR) Strategy by watching this video (English, Local Languages).