Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo in consultation with City Schools Division Superintendent Cyrus Elejorde of the Department of Education and the School Board agreed to suspend classes in the next three days (February 5-7, 2020).

FULL TEXT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 4 Series of 2020 issued by Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo:

AN ORDER DECLARING SUSPENSION OF CLASSES IN THE CITY OF DUMAGUETE FOR BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL LEVELS

WHEREAS, Section 15, Article 2 of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines declares that “the State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them.”

WHEREAS, it is the prime duty of the local governments to promote the general welfare of the citizens including their health and safety;

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared the novel Coronavirus as a Global Public Health Emergency on January 30, 2020;

WHEREAS, the national government through the Department of Health, the Provincial government of Negros Oriental and the City of Dumaguete are in close coordination in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus;

WHEREAS, in support of the presidential directive as well as the initiatives of the provincial government to adopt mitigating measures to stop or minimize the spread of this dreaded virus in schools where students may be vulnerable or exposed to those unidentified carriers, it is deemed prudent for the city government to temporarily suspend classes as a precautionary measure;

NOW THEREFORE I, FELIPE ANTONIO B. REMOLLO, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law do hereby order the suspension of classes in public and private schools in elementary and high school levels from February 5-7, 2020.

This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

DONE in the City of Dumaguete this 4th day of February in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Twenty.