TASK Force Disiplina will be deployed Saturday, August 1, 2020, to various barangays in Bacolod City to arrest and penalize violators of health protocols in the campaign against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, chairperson of Bacolod City Inter-Agency Task Force against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and Task Force Disiplina, said the Task Force will strictly enforce the mandatory use of face masks and observance of social distancing.
He said based on the city ordinance authored by Councilor Archie Baribar on the mandatory use of face masks, the violator will be fined P200 and P300 for non-residence of Bacolod.
“Those who fail to pay the penalty will be required to do an eight hours community service in the barangay where he resides and we are doing our best to discipline our people to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he added.
Familiaran noted the violators will be given a citation ticket.
Section 3 of the ordinance states that all persons in public places shall be required to wear face masks. The same shall be required even of occupants inside public or private vehicles as well as persons inside private office/place where a member of the general public may be allowed access.
All persons shall observe social distancing in all public places, private or public vehicles and private places where the public may be allowed.
For his part, Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesperson of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said policemen will assist the task force to arrest and penalize violators of health protocols.
“The task force is a big help to arrest the violators of health protocols in various barangays. It’s the initiative of the local government unit to prevent the spread of the virus,” he said.
He added from March to July, about 9,000 persons in Bacolod City were arrested by BCPO for not wearing face masks and not observing physical distancing.
The violators were charged for violation of Article 151 of Revised Penal Code for disobedience to persons on authority, in relation to Executive Order No. 35.