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…

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…

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…

DILG policy on mask to prevail in Cebu – PNP

Nestle Semilla 06/13/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The director of the Central Visayas Police Regional Office assured his superiors in Camp Crame that the Cebu provincial police will abide by the directive of their boss, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, over the use of…

Garcia on EO: Face mask is made optional, not totally removed

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 06/10/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Provincial Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said that her Executive Order (EO) No. 16 did not totally remove the need for face masks in certain instances.  It only rationalizes, putting common sense and logic,…

Duque wants COVID-19 face mask rule retained

Christia Marie Ramos 06/06/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday said he will convince the next administration to retain the COVID-19 mask rule. While it would be up to the next administration to set up their own…

Elections in a pandemic: Registered voters only need to wear face mask 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 05/08/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The 2022 National and Local Elections in the Philippines will be historic as these will be the first to be held during a pandemic.  Amid existing health protocols and limitations due to ongoing…

Getting out of the gilded cage

Rafael Lorenzo G. Conejos - @inquirerdotnet 04/30/2022

Remove your mask.” The immigration officer at Naia ordered. My heart sank at the request, yet there was also no turning back. It was January 2022, the height of global omicron, and I had just spent 15…

‘Protokills’

Ann Cuisia - @inquirerdotnet 04/04/2022

The outbreak of COVID-19 has created a global health crisis. Several strategies were implemented to combat and control its spread including wearing masks, hand hygiene, social distancing, and even the use of a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction…

DOH-7 exec cautions premature dropping of face mask mandate

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/17/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – An official from the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) has cautioned about the consequences of prematurely dropping face mask mandates amid reports that the Philippines may do so by the end…

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