DAVAO DEL NORTE, March 25 (PIA) - Aside from tightened social distancing measure, local government units have stepped up compliance to "No Facemask, No Entry" policy.
Information sheet announcing "No facemask, No entry" is commonly seen at entrances of government offices in the Island Garden City of Samal, City Information Officer Michael Homez said.
"Most of the establishments here are closed. Yes, government offices are implementing 'No facemask, No entry'," he said.
A component city of Davao del Norte, Island Garden City of Samal lies nearer to Davao City than its mainland province but it is keeping its policies aligned with the Provincial Government which seats at the City of Tagum, 55 kilometers from Davao City.
No Facemask, No Entry is also implemented at the Provincial Capitol wherein its canteen is noticeably keeping such policy in stride with strictness in community quarantine policy.
Food attendants are always on their facemask and noticeably, they keep on sanitizing the dining area with bottles of alcohol conspicuously placed in areas where customers can readily use.
Meanwhile, the Municipality of Sto. Tomas had gone ahead earlier this week in keeping the public to heed the "No Facemask, No Entry" policy along with strict requirement on social distancing citing these as "basic protocols against widespread CORONA Virus infection.
The Municipal Government of Sto. Tomas even had gone an extra mile distributing "Free Disinfectant/Hand Sanitizer" on Monday at Santo Tomas Recreation and Cultural Center along with public push for compliance with No Facemask, No Entry.
In far-flung Ata Manobo Municipality of Talaingod, Municipal Information Officer (MIO) relayed information that the Municipal Police Office refuses to compromise the policy on wearing of facemask specially with motorcycle riders.
"They can allow entry of those with recently expired license or official receipt (OR) and certificate of registration (CR) but not without a facemask," Graza said citing an information gathered during a municipal inter-agency meeting.
On the other hand, Kapalong Municipal Mayor Ma. Theresa Timbol Tuesday ran an advisory on non-entry of anyone without a facemask relayed by the Municipal Information Office.
She made the public understand that she sincerely meant to check spread of COVID-19 inside the Municipal Hall and in Kapalong, in general.
Carmen Municipal Mayor Virginia Perandos has laid out a black and white directive on "No Facemask, No Entry" policy through issuing Executive Order NO. 10 which directs all establishments in Carmen to refuse any entry of those without facemask.
This directive also stipulates the crucial observance on social distancing policy as a means of staving off widespread of corona virus.
The public call and directive to wear facemask has also been made a crucial component of the community quarantine policy of the local chief executives of the cities Tagum and Panabo. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron Abangan)