‘Safe distancing marshals’ to lay down health protocols at Cebu ports

Published March 27, 2021, 4:26 PM

by Ariel Fernandez

The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) will deploy starting Holy Monday, March 29 additional “safe distancing marshals” and port police officers at ports with high passenger traffic to enforce port health and safety protocols.

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These protocols include the wearing of face shield and face masks, temperature checks, and physical or social distancing. Appropriate markers have been placed on the floor and seats for the guidance of passengers.

Persons who refuse to comply with any directives of the authority and other law enforcement agents inside the port premises will be sanctioned with fines and penalties, the CPA said.

Fines ranging from P200 to P1,000 will be imposed on individuals caught violating health and safety protocols. First-time offenders will be asked to pay a fine of P200 while a P500-fine will be imposed on second-time violators.

A P1,000-fine will be imposed for the third offense.

CPA General Manager Leonilo Miole has also ordered the activation of Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2021 and placed all ports in Cebu under heightened alert to step up all security and safety measures in response to the directive issued by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.

As an additional safety measure, disinfecting foot baths have been placed at the entrance and exit of passenger terminals and offices. Likewise, sanitizing hand rub dispensers and lavatories for hand washing have been set up at prominent places of the passenger terminal.

Any person manifesting noticeable common symptoms of an infectious disease shall be urgently placed in the designated port isolation area and shall be referred to the Cebu City Government Emergency Operation Center (EOC) or nearest health and medical facilities, the CPA said.

GM Miole also assured all port users that daily disinfection activities were being conducted in all Port Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTBs) port entry and exit points, shuttle buses, and all other areas within the port that are highly exposed to passenger traffic.