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Mabatid files measure for free hygiene kits vs Covid-19

CEBU City Councilor Prisca Niña Mabatid has filed a proposed ordinance requiring supply of hygiene materials in workplaces to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Mabatid’s proposed ordinance was dubbed as “Covid-19 Containment Measures in the Workplace Ordinance of 2021.” It is now with the Committee on Laws, Ordinances, and Styling for review.

The proposed legislature provides that concrete and proactive steps must be undertaken to prevent, contain, and restrict the possibility of spreading the virus within the city. 

“The primary objective of this ordinance is to prevent, abate, or mitigate the spread of Covid-19 by compelling employers to provide hygiene materials for the protection of their workers,” a portion of the proposed ordinance read.

Section 5 of the Ordinance requires employers to provide their employees with hygiene materials such as masks, especially to those exhibiting symptoms of cough and cold; alcohol or hand sanitizers which should be present in every desk and in common areas; soap or hand wash; and cleaning products.

“This Ordinance shall be implemented from the day of its effectivity until declaration by the Department of Health to the effect that there is no longer an imminent threat of Covid-19 in the country and with an enabling ordinance approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod,” it furthered.

Any person, firm, or corporation found violating any provisions of the ordinance shall be penalized with a fine of not less than P5,000 and with the non-renewal of business permit for the next succeeding year.