Mandaue City Council to continue sessions amid pandemic

THE Mandaue City Council has approved a resolution adopting special rules of conduct for regular and special sessions amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Mandaue City Councilor Carmelino Del Mar, author of the resolution, said that although the city is under enhanced community quarantine, the Council has decided to continue sessions every Monday.

Some of the cities and municipalities have resorted to teleconferences for their sessions, but Del Mar said the Mandaue City Council has not felt the need to follow suit.

He added that they are considering teleconference but for now, they still want to hold their sessions at the session hall as long as provisions stated in the resolution will be followed.

In the resolution, the “no mask, no entry” policy and social distancing will have to be strictly followed inside the session hall.

The number of attendees is limited to vice mayor or the presiding officer, the city councilors with one staff each, the Council secretary, individual employees for the operation of the equipment, invited individuals and any person shall be allowed to enter with the concurrence of the members of the Council.

It also states that the caucus will start at 9 a.m. and the session will start at 10 a.m.

For the enforcement of the said resolution, the vice mayor as the presiding officer will appoint a sergeant-at-arms who will make sure the policies are strictly observed.

“Any erring official or person shall be subject to disciplinary action as provided in the present rules,” the resolution states. (KFD)


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