The Quezon City local government has rounded up 1,312 quarantine and health protocol violators in a “one-time, big-time” operation it conducted in its fight against the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The violators, mostly caught for not wearing face masks in public, were brought to the Quezon Memorial Circle for proper documentation and for a seminar and film viewing on health protocols and other precautionary measures against the coronavirus.
The violators, the local government said, were also meted fines in accordance with a newly passed ordinance imposing P300, P500, and P1,000 fines for the violators’ first, second, or third offenses respectively.
Meanwhile, Department of Public Order and Safety head Ret. Gen. Elmo San Diego said that next time they will issue a unified Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR) against the violators, to address their “logistical challenge of transporting violators from point of contact to the place of documentation.”
“Next time, ticket na lang at hindi na sila dadalhin sa PNP HQ or Amoranto (Next time we will issue them tickets and they will no longer be brought to police headquarters or to the Amoranto Sports Complex). They have to pay the fine sa (at the) Treasurer’s Office before it lapses in five days,” he said.
“If they do not pay within that period, a case shall be filed with the City Prosecutors Office, which will reflect on their record once they apply for a police clearance,” he added.
The barangay where the violator resides will be notified about the unpaid OVR and this could be used as grounds for the non-issuance of barangay clearance or other documents.
Mayor Joy Belmonte, for her part, reiterated her call to residents to follow health protocols amid the pandemic, particularly the wearing of face masks in public places.