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Cebu Covid-19 updates as of mid-July 2020

Cebu has gone on a lot of government-mandated adjustments in their effort to ‘flatten the curve’. Here are the latest updates in Cebu province, Lapu-lapu City, Mandaue City, and Cebu City.

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Source: MSN

Cebu is one of the areas in the country with the highest cases of Covid-19. It has gone on a lot of government-mandated adjustments in their effort to ‘flatten the curve’. Here are the latest updates in Cebu province, Lapu-lapu City, Mandaue City, and Cebu City.

Cebu Province

P1.27B Supplemental budget

On July 6, The Cebu Provincial Board approved a supplemental budget of Php1.27B that would cover the hazard pay of employees in the Capitol, public hospitals, and Cebu Bus Terminal. An amount of Php500,000 would also be granted to the province’s Economic Enterprise Council Program.

This was initiated by 6th District member Glenn Soco, chairman of the Committee on Budget and Appropriations, and certified urgent by Gov. Gwen Garcia.

Most areas in Cebu Province are under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) while Consolacion, Minglanilla, and Talisay City are under GCQ.

Continuation of checkpoints

Checkpoints and patrols will still be in place despite the Cebu Province shifting to MGCQ on July 10. In a statement given by the director of Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO), the police will maintain said measures so the public remains compliant with the basic health protocols like wearing masks and observing social distancing.

Those who will not comply will be arrested.

The police are also discussing on what additional standards to implement as the Cebu 

Lapu-lapu City

On July 9, the council of Lapu-lapu City passed the “Be a Responsible Warrior/Texter” ordinance which will encourage the citizens to play a more proactive role in the city’s battle to curb the virus spread.

Under the ordinance, the citizen armed with a cellphone can report quarantine violators and wandering senior citizens including their location. The reported individuals will be penalized while the texter will receive an incentive. False police tips will not be tolerated.

Mandaue City

Body cameras for traffic enforcers

Mandaue City government purchased 50 body cameras for the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) officers which they will be required to wear during mobile patrols.

With this added layer of enforcement, the city hopes to raise citizen compliance with transparency and accountability. 

Hazard pay for government employees

On July 6, Mayor Jonas Cortes signed Ordinance No. 15-2020-1552 which grants a daily hazard pay worth Php200 to all local government workers who are physically reporting for duty.

This ordinance was proposed by Mandaue City Councilor Joel Seno.

Cebu City

Medical aid to health care workers

A Php10,000 monthly medical aid will be given to health workers in public and private hospitals for three months as per Mayor Edgar Labella’s Facebook post on July 4.

The hospitals that would benefit from the aid are Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, Perpetual Succour Hospital, Cebu Velez General Hospital, Cebu Community Hospital, and Adventist Miller Hospital.

Medical aid to Covid-19 patients and PUIs

A separate medical aid will be given to COVID-19 patients and persons under investigation (PUIs). This amendment was proposed by Councilor Dave Tumulak to the city legislators.

Covid-19 patients with serious or critical conditions can avail of the medical assistance amounting to Php150,000. PUIs on the other hand can receive up to Php50,000. To avail, they must present the following documents: 

  • medical abstract or physician’s diagnosis
  • hospital bill
  • official receipts
  • barangay certification of residency

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