Davao City gov’t lifts ban vs face-to-face government events

The City Government of Davao has lifted all regulations concerning barangay, local, and national government office events effective Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Executive Order (EO) No. 6 Series of 2022, also known as “An Order Providing For The Lifting Of The Regulations On All Barangay, Local, And National Government Office Events Including Government-owned And Controlled Corporation Events,” was issued on February 14, 2022.

EO 6 Series of 2022 thus lifted the regulations mandated by EO 69 series of 2021 or “An Order Extending Until September 12, 2022, the Regulations on All Barangay, Local, and National Government Office Events Including Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation Events.”

“There is a need to ease and loosen restrictions following the decrease in the number of cases reported, the active vaccination rollout within the city, and the availability of the Molnupiravir drug,” EO 6, series of 2022 states.

All events that were previously prohibited by EO 69 series of 2021 have already been allowed in face-to-face, hybrid, or online platforms, including but are not limited to inauguration, anniversary, thanksgiving, ribbon-cutting, blessing, turnover, groundbreaking activity, launching a program, salo-salo, birthday, press conference, oath-taking program, photo opportunity, retirement honors, welcome honors, testimonial program, summer outing, team building, training, seminars, and all other similar activities.

All disaster and emergency activities, including the distribution of financial, food, and non-food items, are still allowed.

The new Order also provides that food and non-food items unrelated to a disaster or emergency event should be distributed house to house via contactless delivery by the organizer or in a distribution system that will not result in a mass gathering.

These activities include but are not limited to the distribution of livelihood kits, information materials, distribution of government aid, community pantry, food aid, and all other similar activities.

However, EO 6 underscored the strict implementation of the minimum public health standards in conducting face-to-face events and compliance with the guidelines that may be issued by relevant government agencies.

“All previously disapproved events covered by Executive Order No. 69 series of 2021, which are to be conducted after the effectivity date of this Order is deemed approved,” EO 6 states.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 161-A has also downgraded Davao City from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 starting February 16 to 28. (CIO)