Mandaue City remains ‘martial law’ on face mask

Mandaue City remains ‘martial law’ on face mask

By Junex Doronio
September 8, 2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Suffer the fine of P5,000 if caught not wearing face mask in this city despite the voluntary face mask wearing in neighboring Cebu City and the reported inclination of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to approve the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to lift nationwide the mandatory wearing of face masks in outdoor areas.

Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos earlier revealed that only the Philippines and Myanmar were the only remaining member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) that have not yet completely or partly lifted the mask mandate.

On Thursday, September 8, Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede issued the statement that the Mandaue City Council will wait for the IATF directive before deliberating the amendment of the City’s face mask ordinance.

Earlier, Mayor Jonas Cortes said although he respects Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama’s “controversial” decision to lift mandatory face mask wearing but the Mandaue City Council is not keen on amending its mask policy.

Under City Ordinance 15-2020-1531, the wearing of masks amid the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic is required in public places, and violators will pay a fine of P5,000.

For his part, Rama said he is looking forward to the release of the President’s executive order on the issue. (ai/mtvn)

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