PNP: 124,000 violators of health protocols in Western Visayas

Published March 24, 2021, 7:43 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), almost 124,000 people violated health protocols against coronaviru disease (COVID-19) in Western Visayas region.

A cop in Iloilo City is deployed to make sure that health protocols against COVID-19 are implemented.  (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

Police Regional Office (PRO-6) specifically recorded 123,948 protocol violators in the region comprising of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces as well as the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.

“It has been a year since the lockdown. People should get used to following simple protocols,” urged Police Brigadier General Rolando Miranda, PRO-6 director.

Of the violations, the biggest chunk were for people failing to wear face masks. A total of 49,021 violated the most basic protocol against COVID-19.

It is followed by 35,287 people who failed to observe physical distancing and another 34,276 people who failed to wear face shields.

There were also violations for failing to present barangay quarantine passes as well as holding mass gatherings, or disobeying person in authority.

PRO-6 records indicated that 98,039 of the 123,948 violators were only given warnings while 25,565 were fined and had to pay penalty fees.   There were also 344 who were arrested.

Based on areas, the regional capital of Iloilo City had the highest number of violators with 36,240.

Meanwhile, Miranda assured that police units in the region will continue to implement the protocols set by the local government units (LGUs).