Five cited for violating curfew hours at Maginhawa Community Pantry

Published April 22, 2021, 12:00 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Five individuals waiting for the opening of the Maginhawa Community Pantry were cited by personnel from the Quezon City government for violating the curfew hours.

Residents queue up to collect free food packets from a food bank run by volunteers called a “community pantry” along a road in Quezon City on April 21, 2021. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Rannie Ludovica, head of the city’s Task Force Disiplina, said they issued Ordinance Violation Receipts (OVRs) with P300 fine to those who were cited for not complying with the curfew ordinance of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. despite several reminders from the local government.

“Ilang araw na sila pinakiusapan na may curfew pa. 3 a.m. or 4 a.m., may mga tao na pipila (We have been reminding them for several days that 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. is still under the curfew hours but there were still people already in line),” Ludovica said in a Viber message.

“Hindi sila taga Maginhawa. Galing sila sa ibang barangay at alam naman nila na may curfew (They are not from Maginhawa. They came from other barangays. And they know we have curfew hours),” Ludovica said.

He added that the cited individuals and others who were violating the curfew hours were from NIA Road in Barangay Pinyahan and from Sitio San Roque.

Ludovica added that some residents of Maginhawa were already complaining about the noise during the wee hours because there were already a lot of people outside their houses.

“Iyong mga dogs nila nagkakahulan so nagigising rin sila. Eh ang start naman ng community pantry ay 7 a.m. (Their dogs started barking because of the people outside. So residents were awakened by the noise. The start of the community pantry operations is at 7 a.m.),” he said.

“So kailangan namin ipatupad ang mga (So we have to implement the) guidelines under MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine),” he added.

Ludovica said Mayor Joy Belmonte already pledged to shoulder the fines of the cited individuals.