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PBBM’s EO on the voluntary wearing of face masks gains nods from LGU Chiefs

NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur (PIA) -- City and municipal mayors in Camarines Sur expressed positive remarks on the recent directive of President Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos, Jr., allowing the voluntary wearing of facemasks in outdoor areas while emphasizing the need to still implement the minimum health standards during the state of public health emergency relative to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

President Marcos liberalized the mask mandate by signing Executive Order No.03 on Sept.12, amending the voluntary wearing of face masks in “open spaces and non-crowded outdoor areas with good ventilation.

This, however, does not apply to immunocompromised individuals and senior citizens who are still vulnerable to the threat of COVID-19 infection.

Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion said in an interview with Philippine Information Agency (PIA) –Camarines Sur that the presidential directive came right in time that the entire Marian community is celebrating the Feast of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.

Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion said that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s newly signed Executive Order No.03 will help a lot of businesses in getting back on their feet following the 2-year restrictions imposed by the National IATF relative to the COVID 19 pandemic, (Photo credits: Ramil Herrera-CEPPIO)

 “The issuance of EO No.03 is timely for the purposes of our Peñafrancia activities. So, mandatory na lang yung nasa indoor activities and public transport. It will also be a big relief for the business sector which is just starting to pick the pieces back after the 2-year period where stern restrictions were imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This 2-year hiatus also severely affected the course of the economy, so this is good news on the part of the LGU,” Legacion added.

Milaor Mayor Anthony “Lhabas” Reyes also expressed the same sentiment, saying that the timely implementation of the EO will help LGUs in normalizing the transactions which have impeded most of their income-generating projects during the lockdown periods and the imposition of COVID-related restrictions like the wearing of face masks even in open spaces.

“I fully support this. In Switzerland, since last year pa basta outdoor, optional na. In the United States of America,  halos wala ng facemasks. Tayo na lang ang nahuhuli,” San Fernando Mayor Fermin Mabulo also stated.

As of Sept. 6, seventy-two (72) million individuals or 93% of the illegible population for vaccination have been fully vaccinated.

Eighteen (18) million or 23% of these vaccinated individuals already received their booster doses. (PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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