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By: Mylen Manto | Published Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Cebu Provincial Government warned the companies who does not follow Governor Gwendolyn Garcia's executive order to cutt down their in-person workforce by 50% will be recomended for the revocation of their permits.

Governor Garcia also urged the big companies to provide transportation for their employees while strict social distancing is implemented to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Garcia said pictures of employees stranded on the streets waiting for a ride circulated on social media sites.

Some of these photos showed employees of Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) in Lapu-lapu City waiting for a public transportation outside their workplace.

“In fact, naa ko’y mga pictures wala maapil diri. I think sa Lapu-lapu sa MEPZ, buntag sayo, 5 o’clock nanggawas. Daghan gihapon kaayo sa tanan nga way masakyan,” Garcia said in a press conference on Tuesday, March 24.

“I am urging all these companies to provide transportation to your employees. Total, we have asked you to cut down your workforce in-person by 50 percent. So, it’s not that difficult. Unya maka-afford man mo kay kamo ma'y kompaniya,” she added.

"Those companies that do not follow by cutting down the workforce by 50% will be recomended for the revocation of their permits," she added.

On March 21, 2020, Garcia issued Executive Order (EO) No. 5-K directing all businesses, business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, and non-profit entities operating in Cebu Province’s component towns and cities to reduce their human workforce by 50 percent.

The EO took effect on March 24, 2020.

If the companies don’t have available vehicles, Garcia said they can hire tourist buses since tours and travels are being stopped temporarily. 

Exempted in the workforce reduction are companies and establishments involved in health care operations, utilities, telecommunication, airports, transportation infrastructure, manufacturing, food processing, pharmaceuticals, grocery stores, pharmacies, trash collection, mail, shipping services, media, banks and related financial institutions, construction and related services, safety and sanitation services, logistics and technology support, and child care.

Companies providing services needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies and the public’s health, safety, and welfare are also exempted.

Other businesses may be exempted as determined and approved by the Provincial Government. 

For the independent cities of Lapu-Lapu and Cebu, rules depend on the EOs issued by their respective mayors. (Mylen Manto)