Gov’t work in Cebu City continues amid community quarantine

Mayor Edgardo Labella has assured the Cebuanos that government work is not disrupted despite the issuance of an executive order placing the entire city under "general community quarantine" due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) situation.

In the executive order he signed on Saturday afternoon, Labella said government agencies operating within the city are, however, “encouraged to provide alternative work arrangements pursuant to Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular No. 07 series of 2020.”

The CSC memo provides for the interim guidelines for alternative work arrangements such as four-day workweek and shifting, as well support mechanisms for government workers for the duration of the state of public health emergency proclamation of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The city government of Cebu sees the need to put the city under a community quarantine to intensify the precautionary and safety measures of the city against the Covid-19,” Labella said in explaining Executive Order (EO) 52.

Under the general community quarantine orders, city residents are “strongly advised to stay in their homes, and may only come out for work, to buy food, medicines and necessary supplies, and go to medical centers” starting at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16, up to April 14, 2020.

In his order, Labella extended the suspension of classes in both public and private education institutions at all levels until April 14, 2020, as he encouraged distance learning and home assignments and projects in lieu of classroom classes. Originally, the suspension of classes was until March 28.

Labella ordered city residents to refrain from visiting malls, community centers, commercial areas and other public areas if they have no important business.

He also directed all malls and other commercial establishments to shut down every 8 p.m. However, medical centers, pharmacies and other health-care clinics are allowed to operate beyond 8 p.m.

Establishments are also directed to check their customers’ temperatures using a scanning device at their entry points.

“All mass gatherings, including but not limited to concerts, cockpit operations, fiesta celebrations, privately and publicly led, are hereby canceled and/or postponed,” the EO read.

He also declared all seaports within the jurisdiction of this city as closed to passenger arrivals, except cargo deliveries of essential goods.

Alongside the community quarantine, Labella also imposed a nine-hour curfew starting at 8 p.m. up to 5 a.m. the following day, as well as health checkpoints by personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at all entry points in the city.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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