By Jonathan Hicap
The Muntinlupa City government has now placed the entire city under a 24-hour curfew as part of the enhanced community quarantine aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
City Ordinance 2020-074 was passed by the Muntinlupa City Council on Friday (March 20) in a special session and was approved by Mayor Jaime Fresnedi on Saturday (March 21). It took effect upon its approval.
An earlier ordinance imposed a curfew from 8 p.m.to 5 a.m. However, the new ordinance noted that it “is not an effective deterrent for the people to stay at home as reported by the barangay chairmen.”
Under the 24-hour curfew, “no person shall be allowed to go out of their respective homes, unless he/she falls under the exemptions provided by laws or ordinance.”
Exempted from the curfew are frontliners and those who render essential services, those who will buy basic commodities (limited to one person per household), peace and order personnel, and emergency cases.
For the first offense, violators will be recorded in the barangay blotter, their photos will be taken, and their benefits granted by the city, including the Muntinlupa Scholarship Program and Dagdag Puhunan, will be revoked.
For the last offense, they will not be given relief goods or other assistance until the end of the quarantine period.
Mayor Fresnedi earlier directed all barangay captains to intensify the implementation of the curfew and urged residents to stay home.