By Warren Elijah Valdez
DAVAO CITY – The city council here approved an ordinance institutionalizing the city’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency policies set by the city mayor.
Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta, chairperson of the Committee on Peace and Public Safety, filed a resolution under suspended rules on Tuesday, March 23, during the regular session.
Passed was an ordinance “instituting the Davao City COVID-19 emergency response policies, which will cover the institutionalization and implementation of the executive orders of the city mayor of Davao, Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio, and other measures.”
Under the ordinance, penalties are imposed to those who will be found violating the protocols of the city concerning COVID-19.
The ordinance was certified urgent by the Vice Mayor’s Office.
Under the ordinance, five executive orders will be institutionalized, which are the EOs No. 10, 12, 12-A, 15-A, and 16-A. These executive orders contain the protocols of the city on its restrictions and the temporarily closing of all business establishments in the city.
Acosta said that under the ordinance, violations on the Sections 1-11, which covers the EO’s on community quarantine, restriction on travels, curfew, imposed curfew for vulnerable sectors (senior citizens, minors, pregnant women, sick and immune-compromised individuals in the city), liquor ban, and funerals will be a fine of P3,000 for the first offense, and P5,000 for the second offense and/or imprisonment of not more than a year at the discretion of the court without prejudice to the prosecution of other criminal actions.
On the other hand, Sections 12, 13 and 14 of the ordinance which covers the persons under monitoring (PUM) and persons under investigation (PUI) protocols, have imposed a fine of P5,000 and imprisonment of not more than a year at the discretion of the court without prejudice to the prosecution of other criminal actions.
Sections 12-14 states that PUMs and PUIs who do not comply with the terms of the isolation or quarantine process and escaping or avoiding home quarantine after being determined as PUM or PUI, then the penalties will be applied. Persons who also fail to refuse to immediately disclose their travel histories to COVID-19 contaminated areas will local transmission, or exposure to known PUMs or PUIs, will also be penalized.
Acosta said this was to ensure that protocols will be strictly implemented and that people will observe them or else they get penalized.