EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 25 Series of 2020

“AN ORDER PROVIDING FOR ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES AND AMENDMENTS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMUNITY QUARANTINE UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 23, SERIES OF 2020.”

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on the spread of Covid-19 infection;

WHEREAS, President Rodrigo R. Duterte issued Presidential Proclamation No. 922 placing the country in a State of Public Health Emergency;

WHEREAS, President Rodrigo R. Duterte issued Presidential Proclamation No. 929 declaring a State of Calamity in the entire country for a period of six (6) months;

WHEREAS, the Regional Task Force for COVID-19 “One Caraga Shield” issued Resolution No. 7, series of 2020 approving the harmonized guidelines for the Regional Community Quarantine in Caraga Region to address COVID-19 disease;

WHEREAS, it becomes necessary to supplement existing quarantine guidelines and impose stricter measure for this purpose;

WHEREAS, Section 16 of Republic Act No. 7160 also known as the Local Government Code provides that within their respective territorial jurisdiction, local government units shall ensure and promote health and safety of their inhabitants;

WHEREAS, Article 87 of the Rules and Regulations Implementing the Local Government Code of 1991 has specified the powers, duties and functions of the City Mayor aimed at promoting the general welfare of the city and its inhabitants necessitate the enforcement of community quarantine of the entire city to contain the transmission of corona virus among its residents and prescribing rules and regulations and sanctions against violation thereof.

NOW, THEREFORE, I FLORENCIO C. GARAY, City Mayor of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, by virtue of the power vested in me by law, do hereby order the following during the duration of the community quarantine, to wit:

SECTION 1. Additional guidelines of community quarantine. The following are the additional guidelines in the implementation of Executive Order No. 23, to wit:

  • Public Utility Jeepney/Multicab shall limit fifty percent (50%) passengers of its normal seating capacity;

  • Tricycle shall accommodate a maximum of two (2) passengers per trip;

  • Umbak shall limit one (1) passenger per trip;

  • Trisikad shall limit one (1) passenger per trip;

  • One (1) back rider shall be allowed for private single motorcycle, provided he/she is a family member of the driver;

  • Paragraphs A to E of this section are exceptions to the one (1) meter social distancing; (The minimum of two-meter social distancing under Section 7 of Executive OrderNo. 23, series of 2020 is hereby amended to one (1) meter.)

  • Any violation of Paragraphs A to E would warrant confiscation of the motor vehicle of the violator;

  • No back rider allowed for habal-habal/single motorcycle (for hire);

  • Wearing of face mask is highly encouraged when going out in public;

  • There shall be a city-wide liquor ban starting 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon to 5:00 o’clock in the morning;

  • Restaurants, carenderias, food chains and the like are limited to take out services only; and

  • Team sports including but not limited to basketball and volleyball shall be prohibited.

SECTION 2. Movement of Individuals. A home quarantine shall be observed in all households. Hence, movement shall be limited to work and accessing basic necessities. The following persons who are at high-risk in contracting the disease are advised not to go out:

  • Senior Citizens

  • Pregnant Women

  • Children

  • Persons with pre-existing medical conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or those with comorbidities

SECTION 3. Ingress and Egress of Individuals. The following are the additional guidelines for entry and exit of individuals, to wit:

  • All persons entering Bislig City must be checked for signs and symptoms in the established checkpoints and subject to questioning for travel history;

  • All persons coming from a place with confined local transmission shall undergo mandatory self-quarantine;

  • No restriction shall be imposed on entry and exit of Bislig City to those who are already-in-transit in going to their respective home town/province. Every person must not be denied of their right to return to their domicile, provided, however, that disinfection and quarantine protocols shall be properly observed; the LGU, however, is not obliged to transport stranded passengers to their final destinations;

  • Non-residents who intend to enter the City for work, procurement of medicines and banking/money transfer transactions may be granted entry upon presentation of the following documents at designated checkpoints:
    • Valid Identification Card (ID)
    • Any proof of employment (for workers)

  • Non-residents who intend to enter the City for purposes other than that provided in the preceding paragraph must obtain permit or authorization from their local chief executive;

  • All vehicles carrying essential food commodities, agri-fishery products and inputs must be allowed passage through the checkpoints. The City Agriculture Office shall implement the “Food Pass” in every checkpoint;

  • Only the driver and helper of the delivery trucks should be allowed to enter. Free-riders are prohibited from entering;

  • Workers from Bislig City are allowed to work outside Bislig and should be allowed to enter the city after working; and

  • Residents of Bislig will be allowed to enter the City after showing legitimate proof/s of residence but only from 4:00 o’clock in the morning to 9:00 o’clock in the evening. (This is an amendment of the last paragraph of Section 8 of Executive Order No. 23, series of 2020.)

SECTION 4. Imposition of Curfew. As one way of preventing further transmission of COVID-19, a city-wide curfew shall be observed from 9:00 o’clock in the evening to 4:00 o’clock in the morning. Those who are working such as security guards, watchmen, construction workers, fishermen, rescue personnel, firefighters, drivers transporting workers going home, medical workers, those transporting patients or cadavers, those reporting or seeking for response of an emergency and others of similar nature, provided valid ID card or document is presented to the satisfaction of the law-enforcement personnel, shall be exempted from curfew.

(This is an amendment of Section 9 of Executive Order No. 23, series of 2020.)

SECTION 5. Vessels and Ports Guidelines. Vessel owners and crew, and ports personnel shall observe the following guidelines and policies, namely:

  • “No Sail” policy shall be enforced to all domestic vessels and motorized bancas carrying passengers, including private watercrafts/pleasure yachts from other provinces;

  • Only cargo, fishing and government vessels are allowed to sail and enter the ports within the province of Surigao del Sur for the purpose of transporting basic food supplies and other logistics and material requirements for manufacturing of commodities;

  • Ship’s crew of all the domestic and foreign cargo vessels and commercial fishing vessels coming from other provinces, during ship-to-ship port interface or cargo operation (loading/unloading), must stay on board the vessel, or in extreme cases that their services so require during cargo operation, must stay within fifty (50) meters radius from the vicinity of the vessel they are working with;

  • Ship’s crew must follow at all times social distancing by maintaining a minimum of one (1) meter distance from the port workers and local populace;

  • Vessel crew must be knowledgeable to recognize signs and symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, colds and shortness of breath, difficulty of breathing, muscle cramps, abdominal pain and diarrhea;

  • Personal protective equipment and supplies must be available on board;

  • Loading and unloading of cargoes and fish catch must be done only under the supervision of the Philippine Coast Guard and/or other local authorities; and

  • Crew members that will show signs and symptoms of COVID-19 must be isolated ad must be reported to local authorities.

SECTION 6. Penalty. Any violation or willful disobedience of the provisions of this Executive Order shall be penalized in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9271, or Quarantine Act of 2004, more particularly Section 8 thereof which imposes a penalty of fine ranging from P10,000 to P50,000 and/or an imprisonment of not more than one (1) year, without prejudice to the provision of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code for Resistance or Disobedience to a Person in Authority or his Agents with a penalty of Arresto Mayor and fine not exceeding P100,000, as the case may be.

SECTION 7. Separability Clause. In the event that any provision in this Order or any part hereof is declared invalid, illegal, or unconstitutional, the provisions hereby affected shall remain in force and in effect.

SECTION 8. Repealing Clause. All orders, rules and regulations, other issuances, or parts hereof which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 9. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in force unless sooner revoked or amended.