In order to strengthen the campaign with regards to the mandatory use of face masks in public, one million surgical masks were donated by Metro Manila-based businessmen, Enrique Razon Jr. and Kim Wong. These masks will be distributed to the barangays in Cebu City this Saturday so as to help in containing the coronavirus disease that has affected the lives of many Cebuanos.
Aside from the one million surgical masks, the two businessmen also donated 2,000 raincoats to the Philippine National Police for them to be protected this rainy season while still implementing the health and safety protocols under the enhanced community quarantine.
Cebu City councilors Raymund Alvin Garcia and Eduardo Rama Jr. will take the initiative of distributing these surgical masks to the barangay captains of Cebu City this Saturday, June 28.
The COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease noted that many Cebuanos in the streets are observed to have not been wearing masks and not practicing social distance from each other. Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, believes that with these donated surgical masks, Cebuanos will no longer need to go out without face masks since the barangays would be in-charged of supplying them.
It has been found out on a research conducted in the different universities in the United States that covering the face will significantly reduce the number of infections. That’s why President Rodrigo Duterte reminded the local government to strictly observe the protocols set by the IATF-EID: “To discipline the people, we are calling on the LGUs, especially the barangay captains to man their posts.