Only persons aged 15 to 65 can visit malls, Cavite Gov Remulla clarifies

Robie de Guzman   •   December 4, 2020   •   220

MANILA, Philippines – Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Friday clarified that only individuals aged 15 to 65 are allowed to visit shopping malls in the province during the holiday season.

“As of today December 4, only those ages 15 to 65 years old shall be permitted to enter the mall premises and mall hours shall remain the same,” Remulla said in a Facebook post.

The governor issued the clarification after he announced Wednesday that accompanied minors aged 10 and above, as well as senior citizens, will be allowed to go to malls.

“I was wrong to be too enthusiastic in the resumption of personal freedom for the people of Cavite. I take full responsibility and I apologize,” he said.

Remulla said he made the decision following reports that the Inter-Agency Task Force would allow minors accompanied by their parents and guardians in general community quarantine areas to go out of their homes and enter commercial establishments for the holidays.

“Pagkatapos ko mabasa sa pahayagan na pumayag na ang IATF na papasukin sa mall ang mga accompanied minors ages 15 below ay mabilisan naman ako gumawa ng patakaran para dito,” he said.

“Kahapon ay nagbago na naman ang direksyon: Wala pang malinaw na patakaran ukol sa mga minors sa mall, ayon kay [DILG] Sec. [Eduardo] Año,” he added.

The Cavite governor said he only wanted children to be allowed to go out after being cooped up in their homes due to the pandemic.

“Ang kagustuhan ko lang naman ay mapagbigyan ang mga kabataan na matagal nang naka-bartolina sa bahay. Makaramdam man lang sana ng kaunting saya ang mga bata na makapasyal ngayong kapaskuhan kasama ang buong pamilya,” he said.

“Hindi pala puede. I have no one to blame but myself,” he added.

Metro Manila mayors earlier agreed to maintain the policy against allowing minors from visiting malls.

Minors aged 10 and up allowed to visit Cavite malls – Remulla

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The provincial government of Cavite on Thursday announced that minors will be allowed to visit malls in the province, provided that they are accompanied by their parents or guardians.

“Ang mga accompanied minor na puede pumasok ng mall must be 10 and above,” Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said in a Facebook post.

In an earlier post, Remulla said that accompanied minors must wear face mask and face shield, which are part of the health protocols against COVID-19.

He likewise said that senior citizens, aged 60 and above, are not required to be accompanied when they go to malls.

The Department of Health on Wednesday insisted that minors aged 14 and below, as well as senior citizens aged 66 and above, should still not be allowed to go out due to the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, for his part, said there is no final decision yet on the matter.

The council of Metro Manila mayors, on the other hand, said they have agreed to still not allow minors to go outside for non-essential purposes following a discussion with health experts.

Meanwhile, Remulla announced that the operating hours of malls in Cavite will be extended until 9 p.m. this December.

“Ang curfew ay 10PM to 4AM. Maliban sa mga authorized under the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) rules,” he added.

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Cavite gov’t to allow visits to cemeteries until Oct. 27

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2020

The provincial government of Cavite on Thursday announced that it will allow visits to cemeteries from October 1 to 27 but laid down some rules for those planning to do so to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

In a Facebook post, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said the cemeteries in the province are open during said period from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. but will be closed from October 28 to November 2 as agreed by local authorities.

He also warned visitors that eating meals and drinking alcoholic beverages inside the cemeteries are prohibited. Videokes and selling of food are also not allowed.

“Bawal po ang kainan kahit sa mga pribado at sosyal na libingan. Mga alta, matutong makisama. Kung bawal ang kainan, lalong bawal ang inuman at lasingan,” Remulla said.

“Bawal maglako ng mga pagkain at inumin sa sementeryo,” he added.

The governor said the municipal and city government will also issue regulations on the number of persons allowed to enter the cemeteries in their respective areas.

He stressed that visitors should strictly observe health protocols including the wearing of face mask and face shield.

“Kailangan naka-face mask at face shield. Mag-ingat lamang sa mga aksidente lalo na sa pagsindi ng kandila dahil ang face shield ay gawa sa plastic,” Remulla said.

He likewise emphasized that those below 18 years of age are not allowed to go to cemeteries.

“Ang mga bata below 18 years old ay bawal pumunta sa sementeryo. Alam ko na mahirap ito pero mas malakas mahawa at magkalat ng sakit ang mga kabataan kaysa matatanda,” Remulla explained.

“Dahil sa pandemya, ay kailangan pa rin nating paulit-ulit na ipaalala ang social distancing rules. Lagpas 10,000 na ang positibo sa COVID dito sa Cavite at malakas ang kutob ko na baka lalong kumalat ang sakit na ito ngayong papalapit na undas,” he added.

Free WiFi system for students to be rolled out in Cavite – Remulla

Robie de Guzman   •   August 18, 2020

The province of Cavite will soon roll out a free WiFi system that will be utilized for the educational or academic requirements of students amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, Governor Jonvic Remulla said Tuesday.

In a Facebook post, Remulla said the WiFi system will cover the majority of the residential areas and will be used purely for the students’ educational needs.

“I am very happy to announce that the Province of Cavite is about to embark in a massive rollout of a FREE WiFi system that shall cover (up to 90%) of the residential areas,” he said.

“During the ongoing quarantine period, the #CaviteFreeWiFi shall be purely utilized for the educational or academic requirements of public school or DepEd students which they can access using their ID number,” he added.

Remulla said a contract with a telecommunications firm will be signed in two weeks.

Once the pandemic is over, the governor said this internet system can also be used as a “tool for research, connectivity, online retail and knowledge generation.”

“Our hope is that one day, the network becomes a beacon for empowerment so that innovation and collaboration can light up our beloved province,” he said.


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