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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked mall operators in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) to protect their employees.

Workers must be provided with “durable and workable” face masks to keep them from acquiring coronavirus, according to Duterte.

“Yung mga tindahan, yung mga bazars, mga malls, big or small, it behooves upon you to see to it that the workers are protected,” the President said during his televised public address.

“The sanitation of the place must be guaranteed and that the employees are provided with durable and workable masks,” he also said.

Last Thursday, Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to place areas outside National Capital Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and all other “high-risk” areas in Luzon under GCQ.

Businesses that can resume full operations under the GCQ are agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food manufacturing and its entire supply chain, food retail, healthcare, logistics, water, energy, Internet, telecommunications, and media.

Establishments allowed to operate at 50% to 100% capacity were manufacturing of electronics and exports, e-commerce and delivery for essential and non-essential items, repair and maintenance services, housing, and office services.

Those that could operate with 50% onsite work and 50% work-from-home employees include financial services, business process outsourcing, and other non-leisure wholesale and retail trade and other non-leisure services.

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