Cebu guv agrees to wait for IRR before optional mask rule, says DILG

John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ 06/24/2022

MANILA, Philippines — After a  “fruitful and productive” dialogue with the Cebu government, the Department of Interior and Local Government is now waiting for the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the optional usage of face mask…

Cebu governor rejects DILG ultimatum on masks

Ador Vincent Mayol 06/20/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia will not amend her order allowing the optional use of face masks in open and well-ventilated spaces in the province despite an ultimatum given by the Department of the…

Gwen on latest rift with Año: It’s not ‘bad blood’ 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/18/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Amid their recent clash over Cebu province’s policy on the optional wearing of face masks in outdoor and well-ventilated areas, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said there is no “bad blood” between her and…

Año gives Cebu gov’t until weekend to ‘rectify’ face mask rule

John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ 06/16/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday gave the Cebu provincial government until the weekend to “rectify” its ordinance making the use of face masks outdoors voluntary before resorting to legal remedies. Garcia issued Executive…

Davide: Why not question provincial ordinance before court?

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/16/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — More local officials in Cebu expressed their support behind the recent ordinance that makes wearing face masks an option, and not anymore a requirement, in open spaces, as the national government reiterates its…

Gwen defends Soriano, hits Danao for accusing relieved director of ‘politicizing’

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/15/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia came to the defense of former Cebu province police director, Col. Engelbert Soriano, days after the latter was relieved in what she hinted was a result of ‘politicizing’. During…

Cebu province stands ground on rationalizing use of face masks, challenges DILG to show proof on legal basis

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/15/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines–The clash between the national government and Cebu province continues nearly a week since the latter made wearing face masks an option in open spaces. Despite mounting pressure from the national government, the Capitol will…

CV police to follow DILG directives over wearing of face masks – PRO-7 chief

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 06/13/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The top official of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas clarified that police would follow the directives of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) concerning the health protocols, particularly on…

Lapu-Lapu vice mayor: Not yet time to allow public not to wear face masks in open spaces

Futch Anthony Inso 06/13/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Vice Mayor Celedonio “Celsi” Sitoy said he believed that it was not yet the proper time to no longer require the public from wearing a face mask, even in open spaces…

Some senators back Gwen’s EO on wearing of face masks

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/13/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Several senators here backed the decision of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to scrap the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors.  Sen. Koko Pimentel, in an interview with Manila-based dzBB, has expressed support for…

DILG seeks adjustments to Cebu’s optional rule on masking outdoors

Christia Marie Ramos 06/13/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is seeking adjustments to the executive order earlier issued by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in order to align its provisions with the national face mask…

Gwen stands by ‘optional’ face mask policy

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/13/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on Monday, June 13, 2022, said she has no plans to junk her recent policy on face masks that sparked discussions and debates nationwide.  In an interview with ABS-CBN’s Noli de…

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