THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) intensified its visibility patrol to arrest violators of health protocols in the campaign against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the city.
This was stressed by Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesperson of BCPO, Tuesday, June 2, after the City Council already approved on third and final reading an ordinance requiring mandatory use of face mask and observance of social distancing in all public places in Bacolod during the emergency caused by Covid-19 pandemic and providing penalties thereof.
Pico said policemen were deployed in various terminals, public markets and different business establishments to monitor and arrest violators of health protocols as well as the lawless elements.
“They should remember that we are still in the pandemic, so let’s cooperate, always wear your mask and observe the social distancing,” he said.
On Monday, about 127 persons were arrested by personnel of Police Stations 1 to 10 along with the operatives of Mobile Patrol Group (MPG) and Bacolod City Mobile Force Company (BCMFC) for not wearing face mask and not observing physical distancing.
Of 127 violators, 25 of them were arrested in the area of Police Station 1.
The violators will be charged for violation of Article 151 of Revised Penal Code for disobedience to person on authority, in relation to Executive Order No. 35. They will file the case in regular filling.
They will be fined of P200 or eight hours community service in the barangay where he resides with the next 24 hours from his apprehension. If he is not a resident of Bacolod City, he shall be penalized with a fine of P300. (MAP)