By Donna Rempillo
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. has signed an ordinance here that will penalize anyone who will discriminate against persons who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), persons under investigation (PUIs), persons under monitoring (PUMs), professional health workers and other front liners in the combat against the pandemic.
Lazatin, together with Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting as presiding officer of the city council, signed the ordinance, which was crafted after rampant reports of maltreatment of persons suspected to be infected or afflicted with the disease, as well as health workers.
Prohibitions outlined in the ordinance include all acts causing stigma, disgrace, shame,
humiliation and discrimination against COVID-19 positive patients and front liners. It also covers maligning posts on social media.
Pursuant to Bayanihan to Heal as One Act of 2020, the ordinance states; “In these trying times, families who are affected by this pandemic suffer severe anxiety and social humiliation, hence, it is the policy of the City Government of Angeles to act as parents patriae by showing compassion, empathy, and tolerance towards its affected
constituents as this virus can inflict any person regardless of age, sex, or social
Violators of the ordinance will be fined P5,000 or imprisonment for six months.