By Rizal Obanil
The city government of Manila approved an ordinance requiring all residences and commercial establishments to maintain the cleanliness of their respective areas.
Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso signed on Tuesday Ordinance No. 8572 or the “Tapat ko, Linis Ko” Ordinance.
Section 7 of the said ordinance states that “Any person, corporation, trust, firm or entity found violating this Ordinance or its implementing rules shall be punished in the following manner:”
1st offense — warning/ reprimand
2nd offense – A fine of not more than P 500
3rd offense – A fine of not more than P 1,000
4th offense – A fine of not more than P 3,000
5th offense/ succeeding offenses – A fine of not more than P 5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30days or both depending on the discretion of the court
Also part of the said ordinance is the prohibition of the “hanging of clothes and other effects in electrical wires, windows, posts, and other places not intended for that purpose.”
This part of the ordinance deals with the maintenance of the orderliness of communities.