After 1-day surge in new COVID-19 cases, Pasay mayor orders strict face mask policy implementation

Published July 8, 2020, 3:49 PM

by Jean Fernando

Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano has ordered local police and barangay officials to be stricter in implementing a city ordinance dated April 18 mandating all individuals to wear face masks or any improvised protective equipment that would effectively help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and other respiratory diseases.

 Rubiano’s order to Dilag and the barangay officials came after the City Health Office (CHO) recorded a total of 1,077 COVID-19-positive individuals on July 7 from 1,026 on July 6, an increase of 51 new active cases within 24 hours.

 On Wednesday (July 8), Rubiano ordered city police chief Col. Ericson Dilag to deploy more policemen on the street, and told them and all city barangay officials to intensify the conduct and apprehension of individuals found not wearing face masks.

 She said that based on the current city ordinance which was approved and immediately implemented after it was signed last April, those will be arrested will face a warning for the first offense, a P3,000 fine for the second offense, and a P5,000 fine for the third offense.

 The mayor said that in case the offender is a minor, their parents or guardians shall suffer the penalty imposed.