Cebu City mulls lifting mandatory face masks requirement in open spaces

Morexette Marie B. Erram, Pegeen Maisie Sararana 08/30/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Government announced on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, that it is mulling lifting the mandatory wearing of face masks in open spaces. The city’s Public Information Office (PIO), in a post…

Bongbong Marcos: Face masks may be optional if booster rollout successful, situation very safe

John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ 07/09/2022

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the government could make the wearing of face masks optional only if the booster rollout is successful and it’s clear that it’s already safe to do so. Marcos…

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…

Rep. Frasco to file resolution supporting mask-wearing rationalization

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 06/20/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Reelected Cebu fifth district Representative Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco plans to file a resolution in support of rationalizing the use of face masks in the Province of Cebu when the 19th Congress convenes…

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…

Cortes to consult Local Health Board on Gwen’s face mask policy

Mary Rose Sagarino 06/18/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines- Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes will convene members of the Local Health Board next week to discuss Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s policy on the optional wearing of face masks in open spaces. Cortes said he…

DOH-7 exec to public: Know your risk classification before taking off face mask

Futch Anthony Inso 06/17/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — A health official urged the public to know their risk classification before deciding to take off their face mask, especially in public places. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, chief pathologist of the Department of…

Cebu province unfazed by DILG ultimatum 

Morexette Marie Erram 06/17/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Not even an ultimatum from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) can make Cebu province reconsider its decision to make wearing face masks an option in open areas. Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn…

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…

DOH recommends: Wear face mask until end of 2022

Daniza Fernandez 06/15/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday recommended the wearing of face masks until the end of the year. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said face masks protected people not only from COVID-19 but…

Año warns Garcia not to cause ‘undue injury, confusion’ with face mask rule

Christia Marie Ramos 06/15/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing Interior Secretary Eduardo Año warns Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia not to cause “undue injury and confusion” on the national government’s face mask policy, saying this indicates a violation of the country’s anti-graft law.…

It’s mask on in Cebu as IATF rule to prevail, says DOJ chief

Donna Pazzibugan, Frances Mangosing, Melvin Gascon 06/14/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The order of the Cabinet-led pandemic task force on the mandatory wearing of face masks against COVID-19 will prevail over that of the Cebu provincial governor’s optional wearing of face masks, Justice Secretary Menardo…

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