Cebu guv agrees to wait for IRR before optional mask rule, says DILG | Inquirer News

Cebu guv agrees to wait for IRR before optional mask rule, says DILG

/ 01:17 PM June 24, 2022

Cebu Vice Gov. Hilario Davide III has advised those who question the local ordinance that allows the optional use of face masks in open and well-ventilated spaces in the province to bring their concerns to the trial court.

BETTER SAFE THAN SICK People inside a gymnasium in Minglanilla town in Cebu wear face masks although the province has made it optional. —MARY GRACE OBERES

MANILA, Philippines — After a  “fruitful and productive” dialogue with the Cebu government, the Department of Interior and Local Government is now waiting for the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the optional usage of facemask outdoors, the agency’s spokesperson said on Friday.

DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, in a text message to,  said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año is just now awaiting the issuance of the IRR of Cebu Ordinance No. 2022-03, following his dialogue with Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.


“The meetings between our DILG Regional Director and Governor Gwen Garcia have been fruitful and productive,” Malaya said.


“Secretary Año and Gov Garcia have also discussed the matter over the phone and noted that Cebu Ordinance No. 2022-03 in Section 4 requires the Provincial Governor to issue the necessary implementing rules and regulations prior to its enforcement. Therefore, this Department will just await the issuance of said IRR,” Malaya added.

Malaya also thanked Garcia and the Cebu government for the development.

On June 9, Garcia issued Executive Order No. 16, making the wearing of face masks and open spaces not mandatory. The Cebu provincial board adopted it into an ordinance on June 14.

READ: It’s mask off in ‘open, outdoor’ spaces in Cebu

The DILG did not recognize the local government’s legislative actions, which said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) rule on face masks is still in effect in Cebu province.

The IATF guidelines only allow for specific instances when masks can be taken off, such as when eating or certain well-ventilated sports and activities.


The executive order also went against outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements that the mandatory wearing of face masks would stay until the end of his term.


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