THE next session of the Lapu-Lapu City Council will be held in July 2020.
This, after the councilors and Vice Mayor Celsi Sitoy decided to self-quarantine after City Councilor Rico Amores announced in a Facebook post on June 18 that he tested positive for Covid-19.
This was confirmed by Councilor Flaviano Hiyas, the majority floor leader of the city council.
Hiyas said even though Amores did not attend their last session on June 18, they still had to take the health and safety measures.
He clarified, however, that since the start of the community quarantine in the city, the council had been observing physical distancing and wearing face masks during their sessions.
According to Hiyas, the members of the city council have not shown any Covid-19 symptoms.
He said: “I haven’t undergone the swab test because the IATF protocol states that if an acquaintance of yours tests positive, you just have to self-quarantine. You only get swab-tested if you manifest symptoms and besides, the swab test is costly. There are others who need it more. The government resources for that should go to them, not the councilors who don’t have any symptoms.”
Hiyas also suggested to hold online sessions in case of urgent matters.
However, some of his colleagues are not in favor of this as they find technology rather challenging.
Because of this, they have agreed to hold their session in person should the need arise, provided that only the members of the council and a few staff will be allowed to enter the session hall.
Hiyas said the session hall is regularly disinfected by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. (GCM, CCP)