DAVAO CITY, Davao del Sur, Philippines — As cases of coronavirus rise in the country, the city government has also issued stricter guidelines to prevent widespread transmission.
Through a directive that was released Sunday, the office of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio canceled the regular Monday flag-raising ceremony of City Hall employees.
“Instead of the flag ceremony, City Hall employees are instructed to clean and disinfect their personal spaces and offices, and areas that are frequently used by the public. Heads of offices are mandated to create a regular disinfection schedule for frequently touched surfaces inside their offices,” the guideline said.
Under the guideline, it was ordered for government employees to avoid entertaining personal visitors at the moment, allowing only with those who have official transactions with the city government.
Additional precautionary measures such as hand sanitizers and alcohol will be provided upon entry and exit from the government offices.
Schools were also asked expedite their school calendars and to put off graduation exercises this year if possible.
“Schools are encouraged to accelerate their school calendar and postpone graduation activities to June 2020. However, we shall abide by the official advisory of the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education,” the directive said.
Postponement of the Araw ng Barangay celebration and the conduct of a caravan of government services in July this year to avoid mass public gatherings were also ordered.
“However, there shall be no disruption in the delivery of basic government services in the appropriate government building and offices,” the guideline added.
The city government also urged the faithful to also put in place proper precautionary measures in the observance of Ramadhan and Lent to prevent the spread of the virus.
“All rituals and ceremonies pertaining to these religious activities that can be dispensed with is highly encouraged. Proper food handling during iftar should be observed,” the order said. (ia/sovereign)