IN THE last five months, the Davao City Government was able to collect nearly P4 million from violators of the mandatory wearing of face masks.

City Treasurer's Office (CTO) head Lawrence Bantiding said during the 19th City Council regular session on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, that from December 1, 2020 to April 20, 2021, the city was able to collect a total of P3,955,000 from 7,910 violators.

From the total collection, P729,300 went to the barangays, while the remaining P3,225,700 went to the city treasury.

He said 159 barangays were able to penalize individuals not complying with the face mask ordinance.

Out of the total collection, 30.73 percent were apprehended by barangay officials, while 69.27 percent were apprehended by the Davao City Police Office.

In terms of barangay apprehension, most violators were recorded at third district with 860 violators with a total collection of P430,000, followed by first district with 859 with a total collection of P429,500, then by second district with 712 with a total collection of P356,000.

On the other hand, DCPO was able to apprehend a total of 5,475 with a total collection of P2,737,500.

The city was also able to apprehend four individuals with no barangay name with a total collection of P2,000.

Barangay 76-A Bucana has the most number of apprehensions with 143, followed by Calinan Proper with 108, 5-A with 84, Wilfredo Aquino and Tibungco (70), 2-A (68), Sto. Niño (67), Buhangin Proper (66), Bago Aplaya and Sasa (55).

Out of the 182 barangays, Bantiding said 159 barangays have recorded apprehensions.

The City Council enacted City Ordinance 0307-20 or the Mandatory Face Mask Ordinance on July 23, 2020.

Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, proponent of the ordinance, said the face mask ordinance aims to enforce stricter measures aside from the existing protocols required by the local government while the entire city is still under the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the ordinance, violators will be fined P500 for the first offense, P2,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 fine or one-month imprisonment or both for the third offense.

She said the ordinance will also penalize those who are not wearing their face masks properly and those using the wrong type of face masks.

Health officials have reiterated the wearing of face masks in public places as a protection against droplets that might carry the Covid-19 virus.

Bantiding, meanwhile, said they are working on incorporating the online payment scheme for violators that were issued citation tickets.

"Right now, what we have for the online payment is only for payment for business taxes, but we are looking forward to incorporating this in our online payment system," he said.