By: Erwin R Mabugat
Mayor Salvador G. Escalante Jr. has released seven Executive Orders in pursuant of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation N0. 922, declaring the country under the State of Public Emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
At the start, Mayor Escalante has issued an Executive Order N0. 003-SGE, dated February 10, 2020, creating the Inter-Agency Task Force, known as COVID-19 Task Force.
The Task Force, chaired by Mayor himself, is aimed at implementing the Department of Health (DOH) protocols and guidelines. Co-chairmen are councilor Sheila Tabanao and City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Victoria Ibañez.
The Mayor has also suspended all classes in all levels, both public and private, starting March 16, 2020, until further notice, through an Executive Order N0. 006-SGE, dated March 6, 2020.
To ensure and safeguard the general welfare, health and safety of all its constituents, and to continue functioning the local government, Mayor Escalante has signed an Executive Order N0. 007-SGE, dated March 16, 2020, adopting a four-day work week and flexible working shift arrangements in the City Government of Cadiz for the duration of the State of Public Emergency.
In response to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s declaration of COVID-19 as pandemic, the Mayor has released an Executive Order N0. 008-SGE, enforcing 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. curfew in the City of Cadiz for the duration of the crisis, last March 17, 2020.
Executive Order N0. 009-SGE, dated March 17, 2020, prohibiting all mass gathering, like social events, school activities, sports activities, rallies, assemblies and other similar activities, was signed by Mayor Escalante to install stringent measures to halt the spread of the virus.
On March 19, 2020, Mayor Escalante has issued an Executive Order No. 010-SGE, providing for the implementing rules and regulations of E.O. N0. 008-SGE.
To make Cadiz free from the disease, Mayor Escalante has issued an Executive Order N0. 011, enforcing intensified preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 in Cadiz City, on March 21, 2020./*