By Jel Santos
Bonifacio Global City (BGC) residents and visitors who insist on doing outdoor fitness and leisure activities will be apprehended for violating Taguig City’s guidelines during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Mayor Lino Cayetano warned.
This came after the local government of Taguig received videos, photos, and reports of individuals jogging and doing leisure activities outside their homes. “Our front-liners are working hard to keep you safe. When you evade the rules of the ECQ, you not only endanger yourselves but others also. You also take time and valuable resources from areas where they are most needed,” he said in a statement.
The mayor said this is the final warning that he will give them, saying authorities will not think twice to arrest violators next time around. As of this writing, Philippine National Police officers in Taguig have arrested and charged over 15 ECQ violators in BGC, including foreigners. The city government said authorities have apprehended more than 500 violators as of Thursday, April 10.
“The same measures will be taken for anyone else who violates the guidelines.” With this, Cayetano has reminded building managers and their security teams that they “are tasked to help implement the rules of the ECQ.”
“BGC has 30 confirmed COVID-19 infections but I am confident that if they fully participate in their comprehensive approach in handling the virus, we can contain its spread,” the mayor said. “We have been doing extensive contact tracing, disinfection and containment in BGC and rest of Taguig, but we need citizens to cooperate,” he added.