City Councilor Joel Garganera, chief of the EOC, which is tasked to oversee the COVID-19 response here, said the 16 teams are composed of personnel from the EOC and Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO).
“They will be inspecting malls and other establishments to ensure the wearing of face masks and other health protocols are being followed,” said Garganera.
The EOC has also sent a letter to various restaurants to remind that customers will only be allowed to remove their face masks when eating.
Restaurants were also urged to assign personnel that would reprimand customers caught not wearing face masks while lingering in their premises.
“We are trying to open up our economy but we’re expecting these bars also to police their own ranks,” said Garganera.
Garganera warned that they will also run after customers who are not complying with basic health protocols.
“We will go after the customers. It cannot be that only the owner of the restaurant who will absorb the heat. If needed, we will apprehend erring customers. We have to do our individual task,” Garganera said.
A facility in Barangay Cogon-Ramos here has been set up as holding facility for erring customers, said Garganera.