Rama’s non-obligatory wearing of mask ‘risky’ for students

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A PARTYLIST group in Cebu has expressed concerns on the executive order (EO) issued by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama making the wearing of face mask in open spaces in the city “non-obligatory.”

Kabataan Partylist Cebu, in a statement, said the EO “puts returning youth to schools in unnecessary risks.”

“This local legislation by the City Government at a time when young students, including children, and teachers have gone back to school for face-to-face classes only puts them at risk, especially when local monkeypox cases have been reported in the country. Making face masks non-mandatory to wear runs contrary to our call for the safe reopening of schools,” said Kyle Enero, chairperson of Kabataan Partylist Cebu, in a statement released hours after Rama signed the EO.

The group said the decreasing number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the city should not put the government in a complacent position.

“Given the growing population of Cebu City, we likewise express fear over how this EO will only put Cebuanos in the same complacent position as the City Government and will only expose them to unnecessary harm. Should there be any serious damage that may come out of this, will the mayor take responsibility for it?” said Enero.

He said the City Government should fix damaged structures in schools rather than “fuel skepticism over health and science-based measures against Covid.”

“The City Government would do more to help fix the damaged structures in Zapatera Elementary School, Labangon Elementary School, and Talamban National High School, among others, which were affected by Super Typhoon Odette,” he added.

Kabataan Partylist Cebu called on the City Government to join students, parents, and teachers in their call for financial aid “during this time of skyrocketing prices of basic goods and services by supporting the 10K Student Aid Bill filed by Kabataan Partylist.”

The group also challenged the City Government to expand existing support programs for indigent students to provide immediate relief for them and their families, especially as they continue to reel from the impacts of Typhoon Odette, and to declare support for the Safe School Reopening Bill authored by Kabataan Partylist. (HBL/With PR)