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…

Mandaue to wait for Malacañang EO before amending face mask ordinance

Mary Rose Sagarino 09/08/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Mandaue City will wait for the Executive Order from Malacañang before amending its face mask ordinance. Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede on Thursday, September 8, said he was happy that the Inter-Agency Task Force…

Cebu City officials welcome IATF decision on optional use of face masks nationwide

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 09/08/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Officials of the Cebu City government have welcomed the national government’s decision to make wearing of face masks voluntary in open spaces nationwide, which can be seen as a significant policy change as…

Face mask to be optional when outdoors nationwide

Jerome Aning, Kathleen de Villa - @inquirerdotnet 09/08/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The government has decided to make the wearing of face masks voluntary in open spaces nationwide, a major policy shift to relax COVID-19 protocols as the country transitions to the “new normal” of treating…

PH relaxes protocol after IATF recommended optional face mask use outdoors

Daphne Galvez - Inquirer.net 09/07/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s pandemic task force Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), has recommended making the wearing of face masks outdoors voluntary, Malacañang announced on Wednesday. Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles…

DOH not aware of Cebu City’s ‘trial period’ for optional use of face masks

John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ 09/05/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health said on Monday it is unaware of a Cebu City’s “trial period” for the implementation of the optional use of face masks in the city, its officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire…

Non-obligatory wearing of face masks in Cebu City stays

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 09/01/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The wearing of face masks in open spaces in Cebu City is still ‘non-obligatory’ starting Thursday, September 1, 2022. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama told CDN Digital in a phone interview on Thursday…

Mandaue police: We continue to follow IATF rules on face masks

Mary Rose Sagarino 06/16/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines —The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) continues to follow the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) regarding face mask policy. Police Lieutenant Colonel Franco Rudolf Oriol,…

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…

Cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and some areas in Cebu Province under Alert Level 1 from June 16-30

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 06/16/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The tri-cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu will remain under Alert Level 1, the most relaxed community quarantine classification from June 16 to June 30, 2022. In a statement on Wednesday, June 15,…

Chan supports Gwen’s EO but would need to consult team before adopting it

Futch Anthony Inso 06/15/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan is in favor of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s executive order making it optional the wearing of face masks in open and well-ventilated places. Chan, however, said that…

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