Mayor Binay orders probe of alleged discrimination of a COVID positive in Makati City

Published August 10, 2020, 12:11 PM

by Jel Santos

After a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive nurse in Makati City was reportedly kicked out of her boarding house, Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay ordered a probe on the alleged discrimination incident.

Binay reminded residents of City Ordinance No. 2020-087 (Makati City’s Anti-discrimination Ordinance) which prohibits all persons residing and working in the city from stigmatizing or discriminating against persons who have contracted any infectious disease or those suspected to have been infected.

“The mayor ordered an immediate investigation into this report yesterday (August 9). She wishes to remind everyone that there is an ordinance that prohibits and penalizes all forms of discrimination against persons with infectious diseases as well as frontliners and nurses,” lawyer  Michael “Don” Camina, Makati City spokesman, said Monday morning.

“It is unfortunate that this happened to the nurse in this case. We will update all later today when we have validated the needed facts,” he continued.

The ordinance clearly prohibits all people living and working in Makati of “imposing restrictions on housing  or lodging  such as unilateral termination of lease contracts  and forced ejectment.”

Under the said ordinance, the penalty for the first and second offenses is P5, 000 while the third and succeeding offenses is P5, 000 and/or imprisonment of one year.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) reportedly rescued the nurse who was roaming the streets of Makati after her landlady ordered her to vacate her boarding house.

Many local governments in the country passed a similar ordinance following reports of discrimination against healthcare workers risking their lives to care for patients affected with  COVID-19.