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Gov’t face-to-face non-essential events banned in Davao City until end-December – Mayor Sara

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has issued an executive order extending until end of this year the regulations on all barangay, local, and national government office events, including government-owned and controlled corporation events.

Under EO No. 43, series of 2021, Duterte-Carpio said all face-to-face non-essential events are prohibited until Dec. 31, 2021.

The non-essential events include inauguration, anniversary, thanksgiving, ribbon-cutting, blessing, turnover, groundbreaking activity, launching program, salo-salo, birthday, press conference, oath taking program, photo opportunity, retirement honors, welcome honors, testimonial program, summer outing, team building, all other similar activities.

“The above events are all allowed on online platforms only,” the mayor said.

She said all face-to-face non-emergency essential government activities including trainings and seminars are also suspended until end of this year. All non-emergency activities, trainings, and seminars are allowed on online platforms only.

But Duterte-Carpio said the offices may apply for exemption to the City Mayor’s Office.

“The letter must include a comprehensive plan on how to execute their non-emergency essential activity without creating a mass gathering situation,” she said.

The local chief executive is also allowing disaster and emergency activities including the distribution of financial, food, and non-food items.

She said the distribution of food and non-food items that are not related to a disaster or emergency event should be distributed house to house in the form of contactless delivery by the organizer or in a distribution system where no mass gathering is conducted.

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.

The Order started to take effect Wednesday, September 1.

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