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Sanggunian Hikes Fines for Non-Wearing of Face Mask, Discrimination against Health Workers and other Frontliners

SANGGUNIAN HIKES FINES FOR NON-WEARING OF FACE MASK, DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HEALTH WORKERS AND OTHER FRONTLINERS, expressly repealing two earlier ordinances, in a unanimous vote in today’s regular session.

Violators of the two new ordinances which now carry harsher penalties is the Sanggunian’s latest response to curb the spread of the virus and deter the unfair treatment of health workers and other frontliners. First offense shall be meted P1,000 fine and a mandatory seminar on COVID-19 prevention, or sixteen (16) hours cumulative voluntary community service. Second and third time offenders shall be fined P2,000 and P3,000, respectively, and undergo mandatory COVID-19 seminar. Fines collected shall be invested in a trust fund which shall be utilized exclusively for COVID-19 response measures.

Meanwhile, Public Order and Safety Office chief Robert Christopher Mejia also affirmed the resumption of the full travel routes of jeepney services traversing Bonuan, Bolosan, Manguin and Salisay in formal response to an inquiry by the Sanggunian.

*Ordinance No. O-764, entitled, “ADOPTING A NEW ORDINANCE REQUIRING THE MANDATORY WEARING OF FACE MASK BY ALL PERSONS WHO ARE FOUND IN THE CITY OF DAGUPAN DURING THE STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, REPEALING CITY ORDINANCE NO. 2198-2020”, authored by Councilor Dennis Canto and co-authored by Michael Fernandez (APPROVED)

*Ordinance No. O-765, entitled “ADOPTING A NEW ORDINANCE PROHIBITING ANY PERSON FROM COMMITTING ANY ACT WHICH CAUSES STIGMA, DISGRACE, SHAME, HUMILIATION, HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PERSONS WHO ARE CONFIRMED, SUSPECTED OR PROBABLE COVID-19 CASE, INCLUDING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DOCTORS, NURSES AND OTHER ALLIED HEALTHCARE AND EMERGENCY WORKERS, VOLUNTEERS/WORKERS ASSIGNED TO HOSPITALS AND OTHER FRONTLINERS, PROVIDING PENALTIES AND FINES FOR VIOLATION THEREOF, REPEALING CITY ORDINANCE NO. 2202-2020”, authored by Councilor Karlos Liberato Reyna IV, co-authored by Councilor Michael Fernandez (APPROVED)

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