CAGAYAN DE ORO

Council passes ordinance to penalize health protocol violators

THE Cagayan de Oro City Council has passed an ordinance providing separate administrative and/or judicial penalties for violations of the mandatory wearing of face masks and social distancing protocols in public spaces.

Among the penalties for any persons found violating any provisions of the ordinance are hours of community service for minors; suspension of business permit or closure of the establishment for not less than six months but not more than one year if the violator is a juridical person; fines ranging from P500 to P5,000; and imprisonment.

As stated in the ordinance, the administrative fine for not wearing face masks and not observing social distancing is P2,000.

In case the offender could not pay the administrative fine, he/she may opt to render community service at the rate equivalent to eight hours per P500.

The Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR) Grievance Board will file a complaint before the court against the offender if he/she fails to pay the administrative fine and does not render community service within 72 hours from the time of apprehension.

If found guilty, the offender will be penalized with a fine worth P2,000 or imprisonment of not less than 15 days or both.


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