Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said they have been waging a relentless campaign against health protocol violators long before President Duterte ordered the police to be stricter in enforcing measures against COVID-19, particularly the proper wearing of face masks in public places.
“Gusto ko lang pong sabihin na kami dito sa Pasay ay hindi huminto kahit minsan sa mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng basic health and safety protocols na inuutos ng ating IATF kaya naman suportado natin ang pinakabagong kautusang ito ng ating mahal na Pangulong Duterte, “ ( I want to say that here in Pasay City we did not stop in the strict implementation of basic health and safety protocols ordered by the IATF, and we are supporting the newest instruction of President Duterte), Rubiano said.
The mayor said that the city council has already passed several measures that encourage the public to observe basic health protocols, especially the wearing of face masks and face shields.
Under the city’s face mask rule, a P1,000 fine will be imposed for first offense, a P2,000 fine or imprisonment for second offense, and a P5,000 fine plus imprisonment for third offense upon the discretion of the courts.
She also cited the campaign against health protocol violators as one of the reasons why the city becomes one of one of the areas with the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila after experiencing an upsurge early in March this year.
“Masasabi ko na ang mahigpit na pagsunod natin a health protocols kasabay ng ating mas pinaigting na contact tracing at swab testing ang mga susi kung bakit bumaba ang mga kaso dito sa ating lungsod (I can say that we’ve been strict in following the health protocols including our intensified contact tracing and swab testing, which were the keys why we were able to lower down the cases here in the city),” Rubiano said.