Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Continue Wearing Face Masks, Palace Tells Public Anew

Continue Wearing Face Masks, Palace Tells Public Anew

Spotlight

How do you feel about this story?

Like
Love
Haha
Wow
Sad
Angry

The proper wearing of face masks must be observed amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang told the public on Tuesday.

In a press statement, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar reminded the public that there is no directive from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to lift the mandatory use of face masks.

“The Chief Executive’s directive is clear: Continue wearing face masks,” Andanar said.

Andanar’s statement came after Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on June 8 issued Executive Order (EO) 16, making the wearing of face masks optional in well-ventilated areas and open spaces.

Under EO 16, the wearing of face masks is required only in close and air-conditioned places. The use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas is still encouraged.

The signing of the local ordinance came even though Cebu province remains under Alert Level 2.

On Monday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management and Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) face mask policy, which was approved by Duterte, is more binding than Garcia’s local directive.

Andanar echoed Guevarra’s statement, saying the IATF-EID’s resolutions on the mandatory wearing of face masks will prevail over local government ordinances.

“We reiterate and support the legal opinion of the Justice Secretary that the Inter-Agency Task Force resolution on the mandatory wearing of face masks shall prevail over the executive orders by local government units, including the one issued by the provincial government of Cebu,” he said.

Andanar added that there is a standing order from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to ensure the full implementation of the existing policy which requires the use of face masks in open and closed spaces.

“The Department of the Interior and Local Government has instructed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement the existing IATF resolution on wearing of face masks accordingly,” he said.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the PNP will continue to “confront, apprehend, and arrest, if necessary,” all violators of IATF guidelines and minimum public health standards in Cebu province.

Duterte reiterated that he is not keen on ditching the requirement of wearing face masks until his term ends on June 30.

Under the existing IATF-EID guidelines, the public are still mandated to wear a well-fitted face mask at all times, “whether outdoors or in indoor private establishments.”

Face masks can only be removed when people are eating and drinking; participating in team and individual sports in venues where ventilation standards can be maintained; and practicing outdoor sports or exercise activities where physical distance can be maintained. (PNA)

Latest News

Lifestyle

Herlene ‘Hipon Girl’ Budol Gives Glimpse Of Signature ‘Squammy Walk’

Herlene ‘Hipon Girl’ is ready for the Binibining Pilipinas runway with her signature ‘Squammy Walk.’

Incoming DOT Chief Vows To Forge Stronger Links With LGUs

Incoming Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco promised to be a "listening secretary" that values the inputs of local government units when creating national policies.

Pangasinan Farmers Boost Income, Hone Skills Via Program

Farmers in Pangasinan are starting to sell their products at a mall to boost their income as they hone their entrepreneurial skills.

Antique Town Opens Covid-19 Facility To Dengue Patients

Antique has opened its Covid-19 temporary treatment and monitoring facility for dengue patients to prevent overcrowding of the provincial hospital.

591 Ilocos Norte Fisherfolk To Get Fuel Subsidy

Fisherfolk in Ilocos Norte will receive cash cards worth PHP3,000 amid the rising oil prices.

The Great Filipino Story