TRAFFIC Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) chief Glenn Antigua agreed that some provisions of the ordinance prohibiting the use of face covers may be amended, but prefers not to decrease the P5,000 fine.
A total of 581 motorcycle drivers were caught violating the ordinance in the first five days of its implementation, which started last March 12.
The Mandaue City Council was already planning to amend the ordinance but Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna wanted an assessment from the police and Team before changes will be made.
Fortuna earlier said that the council may consider decreasing the fine, exclude the tricycle drivers, and exempt some people who are suffering from health conditions.
In an interview, Antigua said he understands the health concerns of the people riding motorcycles every day.
He, however, expressed worry if there will be exemptions, saying that it is easy to get a medical certificate from a doctor.
He said motorcycle drivers can just show it to the traffic enforcer so they can cover their faces while riding in Mandaue.
“Ako ika-suggest nga ang tanan, uniform ang sul-obon nga surgical mask pero kung naay suspect (sa usa ka panghitabo) then suspect sad silang tanang nag-surgical mask,” he said.
According to Antigua, the City Legal Office told him that it would be better if the medical certificate will be renewed every four months. It should also be countersigned by a medical doctor from the City Health Office.
As for decreasing the fine, Antigua said he is not for it since motorcycle drivers might just wear a bonnet or any face covers upon entering Mandaue because they can afford to pay for it.
The City Government decided to pass City Ordinance 14-2017-1251 that prohibits motorcycle drivers, riders and tricycle drivers from using any face covers, following crimes that involved motorcycle riders.
“Sometimes gud atong gihunahuna atong kaugalingon ra pero wa ta naghunahuna sa uban (Sometimes, we only think about ourselves and forget to consider others),” he said. (FMG)