Bataan empowers citizens to report health protocol violators

Published April 7, 2021, 6:32 PM

by Shirley Matias Pizarro

BALANGA, BATAAN – The local government here established the “Bataan Patroller” which empowers the people to report and submit photographs and video footages of violations of health protocols and other quarantine guidelines in the community.

Governor Albert Garcia

Governor Albert Garcia said that the Bataan Patroller program will help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus in their province, specifically in their barangays.

Garcia assures Patroller that his or her identity will be kept confidential to prevent any possible backlash against him or her.

Garcia urged Patrollers to submit the evidence of violations thru phone or Viber messages at 09992211458, 09190791373, or via Messenger account Bataan Patroller, or email at [email protected]

If found guilty of violations, those who were reported will be subjected to penalties of fines and possible imprisonment based on the stipulations contained in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Ordinance No. 4 recently signed by Garcia.

Violations in wearing of face mask and face shield are punishable by paying a fine of P1,000 or community service on the first offense; a fine of P2,000 on the second offense and a fine of P2,500 and/or imprisonment of 10-30 days.

Non-compliance with movement restrictions within the province are punishable by payment of P500 fine or community service for the first offense, fine of P1,000 for the second offense and fine of P1,500 on the third offense.

For violations of social distancing measures in establishments, fine of P1,500 will be imposed along with the suspension of license for five days; for second-time offenders, a fine of P2,000 and suspension of 10 days will apply, while for third-offenders, a fine of P2,500 will be imposed as well as suspension of permit or closure of the establishment.

For violations on mass gathering protocols, first offenders will need to pay a fine of P500 for each individual participating in the gathering. For second time offenders, a fine of P1,000 will be imposed on each participating individual plus imprisonment of 10 days; and for third-time offenders, a fine of P2,500 will be imposed as well as imprisonment of 20 days for each individual who participated in the event.