DOH-7 urges public to wear face masks this holiday season

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 12/27/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With large crowds expected in public places amid the holiday season going to the Sinulog Festival celebration in January 2023, a local health official in Central Visayas is encouraging the public to wear…

Nuestra Señora de Regla clergy urge faithful to wear face masks when attending fiesta religious activities

Futch Anthony Inso 11/18/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Nuestra Señora de Regla-National Shrine Parish clergy has again urged devotees to always wear their face masks upon visiting the church and other religious activities for the upcoming fiesta celebration of the…

DepEd-7 to let parents decide if their kids should continue wearing face masks in schools

Futch Anthony Inso 11/02/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd-7) will let parents decide whether to let their kids continue wearing face masks inside schools or not. Dr. Salustiano Jimenez, regional director of DepEd-7, said…

Return health responsibility to Filipinos

Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco - @inquirerdotnet 11/02/2022

It is time to return the responsibility for individual health to the Filipino people. Over the past several weeks, Singapore has been experiencing a surge of COVID-19 driven by the XBB variant. Strikingly, in the middle of…

It’s official: Wearing masks indoors, outdoors now voluntary

Daniza Fernandez 10/29/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Wearing face masks in indoor and outdoor settings is now voluntary. Executive Order (EO) No. 7, allowing the optional face mask use and reiterating the continued implementation of public health emergency amid the COVID-19…

Chan to Oponganons visiting cemeteries: Wear face masks

Futch Anthony Inso 10/27/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Oponganons should wear face masks when they visit the graves of their departed loved ones at the different cemeteries during the observance of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on Nov.…

Rama welcomes nat’l gov’t’s plan to make wearing of face masks indoor optional

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 10/27/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama welcomes the plan of the Palace to make the wearing of face masks indoors or in closed spaces optional. In an interview on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, Rama…

Gwen welcomes Palace’s plans to make face masks optional indoors

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/25/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia welcomed Malacañang’s pronouncement to make the wearing of face masks in closed spaces an option, and no longer a requirement. Garcia, during a press briefing on Tuesday, October 25,…

Sen. Go tells public: Get vaccinated, avail of booster shots

Mary Rose Sagarino 10/21/2022

  MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go who chairs the Senate committee on health and demography, is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and avail of booster shots following the discovery of new variants…

Pandemic lessons from Thailand

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 09/30/2022

Bangkok—I was in the Thai capital in early 2020, just as people were beginning to wear masks, and now, I am back just as people are beginning to take them off. From tomorrow onwards, COVID-19 will be…

To wear, or not wear, face masks vs COVID: The zigzag road PH is taking

Cristina Eloisa Baclig - Content Researcher Writer 09/12/2022

MANILA, Philippines—Last August, the Philippine health department expressed concern and hostility toward a local government’s move to make wearing of face masks against COVID-10 optional. Around a week later, it seemed to warm up to almost the…

Ahong welcomes IATF recommendation making wearing of face masks optional outdoors

Futch Anthony Inso 09/09/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan welcomes the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to lift the mandatory wearing of face masks in outdoor areas. “Well, maayo na no it’s a good…

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