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Wearing of face masks now mandatory in Iloilo city, province

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The City and Province of Iloilo implemented mandatory wearing of a face mask as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

In an Executive Order (EO) No. 60 issued yesterday, Mayor Jerry Treñas said the move complements other “response mechanisms” to the Covid-19 pandemic such as the enhanced community quarantine, social distancing, and proper hygiene.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo, on one hand, passed an ordinance “requiring the use of face mask in all public places during the quarantine period, which will end on April 14.

Treñas said face mask covering the nose and mouth of the wearer prevents droplets expelled when coughing or sneezing from infecting others. (https://bit.ly/3dODHbC)

The face mask could be but not necessarily limited to cloth masks, surgical masks, and other similar forms, he added.

Violators of his EO “shall be required to go home or to secure a face mask.”

They may also be slapped with sanctions such as but not limited to reprimand and/or the filing of appropriate charges pursuant to Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act and other applicable laws.

Treñas ordered barangay captains to enforce the facemask EO.

“Appropriate disciplinary measures and possible charges may be filed against those who fail or refuse to comply with the directives mentioned herein,” the city mayor said a memorandum issued to barangay captains.

In Iloilo province, violators face the following sanctions:

* first offense – reprimand

* second offense – a fine of P1,000 or imprisonment for three days, or both at the discretion of the court; and

* third and succeeding offenses – a fine of P2,000 or imprisonment for 10 days or both at the discretion of the court.

“People are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and use face masks, especially those who are considered at high risk (because) one way of spreading Covid-19 is through sneezing, coughing and spitting,” read part of the provincial ordinance.