ACTING City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said penalties will not yet be imposed during the dry run for the implementation of the Higala App ordinance on April 1 to 7.
"During the time period nga mag dry run ta, walay penalties nga i-impose sa katong wala pa naka register," Nery said.
"Ato pud iklaro nga ang system nato sometimes we have also kanang limit. Kay kung daghan ang magdungan, syempre dili pud na ma-accommodate sa system," she added.
According to the Higala App ordinance, all residents and non-residents are mandated to use the Higala App 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.
"For those nga dili pa makasulod, try and try lang and eventually makasulod mo sa system. Our MIS is doing everything pud para mas mapa-improveor ma-address ang kani nga concern sa kadaghan sa data nga nagasulod," Nery said.
"Ato lang klarohon while on the dry run period pa, wala pay penalties nga i-impose," she added.