Mindanao Times

Hard hat required for City hall clients


KIDAPAWAN CITY – The transactin­g public at city hall is now required to wear hard hats as personal protective equipment (PPE) while inside the building and its vicinity, a local official said on Friday. The local government’s move was prompted by the series of earthquake­s in the Mindanao region in the past few days. “The safety of city hall clients is a priority,” said Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelist­a in a statement. Based on Executive Order 080 issued by Evangelist­a on December 19, all workers and clients of the city hall are required to wear hard hats as PPE while

transactin­g business in different offices within the three-story city hall building. Clients need not worry about where to buy or secure a hard hat because the city government will provide every visitor with a hard hat as they come to the city hall. “While the city hall has been assessed as safe for occupancy, the wearing of the hard hat is a safety measure for all,” Psalmer Bernalte, city disaster risk reduction and management council, said in a radio interview. Aftershock­s from the major earthquake­s that rocked North Cotabato and Kidapawan City recently continue to hound residents. Evangelist­a said the number of persons coming to the second and third floors of the city hall building is regulated to avoid overcrowdi­ng that may endanger the structure. Kidapawan City informatio­n officer Williamor Magbanua said the mayor has ordered every department head to secure a first aid kit in their respective offices to attend to anyone who needs it when an earthquake occurs. The mayor formed an occupation­al safety board to continuous­ly monitor to ensure that everyone complies with his directive. (PNA)

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