Solon eyes to endorse reso supporting Gwen's face mask policy in Congress

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CEBU 5th district Representative Vincent Franco "Duke" Frasco is planning to endorse a resolution that would support the optional wearing of face mask in open and

well-ventilated spaces in Cebu province during the 19th Congress, which will open in July.

The reelected representative and son-in-law of Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said it is only appropriate to make such move since the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases

in the province continue to decline and the vaccination rate throughout the country is high.

The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 said on Saturday, June 18, 2022, that national government has reached its target of fully vaccinating 70 million

individuals against Covid-19.

The NTF said that as of Friday, June 17, there were a total of 70,005,247 fully vaccinated individuals in the country or 77.78 percent of the target population.

"Easing up on the mask mandate corresponds to the call of times, with our general population being vaccinated, hospitalization due to Covid-19 at very low levels, and

our economy being in dire need of resuscitation," Frasco said.

"This can only happen if we rationalize the mandates that convey our openness to move forward like other recovering economies have done in post-pandemic such as the

United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Thailand," he adeded.

Governor Garcia issued Executive Order No. 16 June 8, 2022, allowing the optional wearing of face mask in open and well-ventilated areas in the province.

However, the wearing of face mask is still required in air-conditioned and closed spaces such as offices and malls, and in crowded areas.

People with comorbidities and those showing symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, cough, tiredness and loss of taste are also exempted from the EO.

The Provincial Board held a special session on July 14 to pass the Provincial Ordinance 2022-03 "Rationalizing the use of facemask in the Province of Cebu" in support

of the EO.

Reelected Vice Governor Hilario Davide III earlier said that Garcia’s Executive Order 16 allowing the optional wearing of face masks in open and well-ventilated spaces

has become legal as this is now supported by an ordinance crafted under the guidance of the local government code. (ANV, TPT)

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