By Jhon Casinas
Mandaluyong City will punish those who will discriminate against persons suspected and infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), health workers, and frontliners amid the coronavirus outbreak.
On Wednesday, April 8, Mayor Carmelita Abalos signed Ordinance No. 766 Series of 2020 known as the “Anti-Discrimination Due to COVID-19” ordinance. Under the measure, any form of harassment, violence and discrimination against confirmed COVID-19 patients, persons under investigation (PUIs), persons under monitoring (PUMs), recovered patients, health workers, and frontline service personnel are prohibited.
The ordinance also bars any acts of violence against their families. Likewise, violators who would disclose the name or residence of COVID-19 patients, PUIs, PUMs, and other persons suspected of having been exposed to the virus will be penalized.
Prohibited acts also include refusal of service or assistance because of their health status, as well as denying them entry to private establishments providing basic necessities. Under the ordinance, violators will be slapped with a fine ranging from P3,000 to P5,000. Offenders might also face imprisonment of up to six months.
Barangay officials and their Bantay Bayan were primarily tasked to enforce the measure. They will be assisted by members of the police and other law enforcement personnel of the city.
As of April 9, Thursday, Mandaluyong has 150 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 20 recoveries, the city government disclosed. The city has also recorded 16 COVID-19 deaths and 12 PUI deaths, according to its latest update.