A total of 2,051 persons in Bacolod City were arrested by the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) for violating health protocols from August 2 to 15, 2021.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Lester Leada, head of Operations Management Unit of BCPO, said the violators were arrested in various barangays for not wearing face masks and face shields, violating the curfew hours, and liquor ban, and not observing social distancing.
He said violators were arrested by personnel of Police Stations 1 to 10, along with the operatives of Mobile Patrol Unit, Bacolod City Mobile Force Company, and Traffic Enforcement Unit.
A total of 723 persons were penalized for violating the curfew; 608 for not wearing facemask; 301 for not wearing face shield; 80 for not observing the social distancing; and 339 for violating the liquor ban.
The violators were given citation tickets. Those who were Bacolod residents were fined P200 while non-residents were fined P300. Those who failed to pay penalties were endorsed to the barangay for community service.
Leada said they also intensified their education campaign in various barangays to ensure the compliance of health protocols, such as wearing face masks and face shields and observing physical distancing.
“We need the cooperation of everybody here to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Always follow the health protocols to avoid penalties,” he said.
Colonel Manuel Placido, director of BCPO, also ordered all the station commanders to intensify their visibility patrol and to arrest health protocol violators.