PSA: State Of Calamity Declared, Price Freeze In Effect, Food Delivery Services Still Allowed

There's a price freeze for basic supplies such as food and medicine.

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At a press conference on March 17, Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country under a state of calamity. This is in response to prevent the further spread of the corona virus disease 2019 or the COVID-19, including a strict home quarantine.  

The state of calamity will last 6 months or until it has been either deemed safe to lift earlier or extended as per the President's decision. 

What does a "state of calamity" mean? Here's what to expect: 

  • 1. Law enforcement agencies, supported by the military, will ensure peace and order using "all necessary measures".
  • 2. Local government units (LGUs) may use funds as needed to provide basic services and needs, which include food and medicines. 
  • 3. In-house and third-party delivery services, which include food delivery services, are allowed to continue operation. 
  • 4. Market prices of basic commodities such as food and medical supplies are under price control or price freeze upon the declaration of the state of calamity.       
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Last March 16, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that under the enhanced community quarantine, groceries, food preparation and food delivery services, and other establishments providing basic services shall remain open. 

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