NEWS | 2020/03/12 | LKRO
WITH PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PARAMOUNT AMONG PRIORITIES, CITY GOV’T ORDERS POSTPONEMENT OF WOMEN’S MONTH CULMINATION PROGRAM, OTHER PUBLIC ACTIVITIES DUE TO COVID19
KIDAPAWAN CITY – The City Government here has postponed the International Women’s Month Culmination program scheduled on March 12, 2020 as a precautionary measure against Corona Virus Disease COVID19.
City Mayor Joseph Evangelista confirmed the postponement in a text message. “Women’s month activities are postponed. Health and safety of everyone is paramount among City Government priorities”, the mayor said.
The cancellation and re-scheduling of many of the City Government sponsored activities for this month was made after careful considerations in order to safeguard the health of the Kidapawenyos against the threat posed by the COVID19 contagion.
On March 9, 2020, Mayor Evangelista signed Local Proclamation Number 001 s. of 2020 that calls for the Postponement and/or Rescheduling of all activities within the territorial jurisdiction in the City of Kidapawan.
The postponement shall affect all local government sponsored activities beginning March 10, 2020 until March 24, 2020, subject to the extension as may be recommended by the Inter-agency Task Force against COVID19 under Executive Order No. 012, series of 2020 dated February 18, 2020.
However, activities that are absolutely necessary for the preservation of peace and security, religious expression, as well as activities involved in the curtailment of COVID19 threat shall be deemed unaffected, and shall continue as scheduled while observing necessary health safety protocols.
The Local Proclamation is also in accordance with the Presidential Proclamation 922 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 9 placing the entire country under a State of Public Health Emergency following cases of local transmission of COVID19 in Metro Manila.
There are 33 COVID19 confirmed cases in the Philippines as of March 10, 2020, the Department of Health said.
In lieu of the cancellation and postponement of activities, the City Government, led by the City Information Office has intensified its information and dissemination campaign to raise more awareness on COVID19.
It will post easy-to-read and comprehensive tarpaulins printed in the local dialect this week, along identified public places in the city to remind everyone to observe proper hygiene and sanitation as well as sustaining good health practices at all times for prevention.
Likewise, the public is advised to coordinate with health authorities if there are reported cases of possible COVID19 transmission in their communities through hotline number 09073660078. ##(cio/ajpme/lkro)