THE Cagayan de Oro City will start implementing the Higala App ordinance starting April 1.
It can be recalled that in early February, the City Council approved the ordinance instituting the Higala Application (Higala App) as the principal contact tracing system for Covid-19 response plan and other highly infectious disease in the city.
The ordinance also mandates all residents and non-residents to use it in entering all establishments, offices and other entities, whether public or private.
Areas covered by the ordinance include all indoor or enclosed public spaces, private establishments and entities within the territorial jurisdiction of Cagayan de Oro City, including but not limited to government and private offices/workplaces, commercial, industrial and indoor establishments, churches, hospitals, accommodation establishments, banks and other financial services, supermarket and groceries, public markets, cemeteries, transport terminals as well as bus lines, airport transfer services, taxis and other enclosed public transport services.
Under the ordinance, violators (establishments) will be fined P1,000 on first offense, P3,000 on second offense, and P5,000 on third offense, including suspension or revocation of business permit, if applicable.
Individual found violating the ordinance will be fined P500 on first offense, P1,000 on second offense, and P1,500 on third offense.