MANILA – More areas have been de-escalated to Alert Level 1 while the National Capital Region stays in the same classification.

The Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday the alert level status will be effective August 1 to 15.

The additional areas eased to Alert Level 1 are:
- Barbaza, Antique
- Bato, Leyte
- Tabontabon, Leyte
- Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay
- Braulio E. Dujali, Davao Del Norte
- Maitum, Sarangani
- Pilar, Surigao Del Norte
- Calanogas, Lanao del Sur
- Marogong, Lanao del Sur
- Tagoloan II, Lanao del Sur

The DOH said these areas maintained their case classification and total bed utilization rates at “low risk” and have reached or neared the vaccination thresholds for the target population and target A2 (senior citizens) priority group.

Apart from Metro Manila, the following remain under Alert Level 1: Abra, Apayao, Baguio City Kalinga, Mountain Province, Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Batanes, Cagayan, Santiago City, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena City, Rizal, Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Naga City, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo Province, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Siquijor, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Iligan City, Camiguin, Davao City, Davao Oriental, South Cotabato, General Santos City, Surigao del Sur, Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, and Cotabato City.

The rest of the Philippines is under Alert Level 2.

"Our continued compliance with the minimum public health standards keeps us safe -- wearing the best-fitting mask, isolating when sick, doubling up protection through vaccines and boosters, and ensuring good airflow," said Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, DOH Officer-in-Charge, in a statement.

"Join our new campaign to help us open up better and stronger, “PinasLakas”, to make it easier for everyone to get a booster," she added. (PNA)