By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
 
MARAWI CITY, June 23 (PIA) – The city government of Marawi distributed alcohol, face masks and digital thermal scanners to religious leaders in the city following the rise of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
 
City Mayor Majul Gandamra personally led the distribution held Monday, June 22, at the lobby of the City Hall Complex.
 
Gandamra said the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) is part of the strengthened interventions of the city government to curb the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
 
During the Independence Day commemoration, the city government also distributed alcohol, face masks and digital thermal scanners to barangay chairpersons to heighten their monitoring efforts against COVID-19.
 
Aside from the barangays, other recipients of the PPEs are security responders in the city such as the Marawi Police Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the 82nd Infantry Battalion and 12 Civil-Military Operation Batallion of the Philippine Army.
 
Meanwhile, the Bangsamoro Darul Ifta has extended the lifting of the temporary suspension of the Friday and other congregational prayers in mosques up to June 30, 2020, provided that health protocols are observed.
 
These include allowing only 50 percent of the mosques’ capacity in every prayer with physical distancing of at least one meter apart, bringing of own sajadah or prayer mat, proper wearing of face masks inside the mosques, and availing of alcohol and hand sanitizers at the mosques’ entrance.
 
As soon as the prayer is over, worshippers must also vacate the mosque to give way for its standard disinfection and sanitation while those who are not feeling well are advised to perform their prayers at home. (APB/PIA ICIC)