Cebu City under state of preparedness

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Amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Cebu City Council has placed the city under a state of preparedness for the implementation of a city-wide prevention mechanism and preparedness measures.

Under Section 3 of Republic Act (RA) 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, “preparedness” is defined as pre-disaster actions and measures being undertaken within the context of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.

Pursuant to RA 10121 and Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 issued on March 25, 2013, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Department of Budget and Management, Department of the Interior and Local Government, the city, and barangays are mandated to utilize up to 70 percent of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Funds (LDRRMF) for disaster prevention and mitigation and preparedness.

The city also reminded the public to practice frequent handwashing, avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals, ensure that food is well-cooked, practice proper cough etiquette, and avoid close contact with people showing cold or flu-like symptoms. (

Schools, malls, private and public offices, places of worship, ports, terminals, tri-media, hospitals, and health centers are also directed to adopt precautionary measures and correct information drive regarding coronavirus.

To avoid panic, the public is directed to be cautious and responsible when sharing news on the virus. Only verified and confirmed information from the Department of Health should be disseminated.

The Local Price Coordinating Council or Department of Trade and Industry is directed to monitor prices and prevent and control instances of overpricing, profiteering or hoarding of prime commodities and other personal protective equipment and medical supplies.

The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the barangays are directed to utilize the LDRRMF for disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.