COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa Police Force files cases against 94 curfew violators amid enhanced community quarantine
The Philippine National Police in Muntinlupa City (PNP-Muntinlupa) announced yesterday that it has filed cases against close to a hundred curfew violators.
Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said that as of March 30, PNP Muntinlupa has filed cases of RA 11332 in relation to Proclamation No. 922 Sec. 4 (Declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines) against 94 Muntinlupa City residents.
Navarro added that while apprehended individuals were not detained, PNP-Muntinlupa through its Chief of Police PCOL Hermogenes Cabe has prepared regular filling of cases for the offenders. She noted that the local police department conducts regular apprehension of curfew violators during night time in the barangays.
Muntinlupa City is among the pioneering local government units in Metro Manila to implement a 24-hr curfew amid the enhanced community quarantine.
In recently times, the Muntinlupa City Government ordered the closure of establishments including malls, beauty parlors, spas, barber shops, and similar establishments with potential face-to-face contact of clients. Those providing essential services were exempted such as banks, pawnshops, money transfer firms, groceries, supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores.
Restaurants, carinderias, and other eateries were only allowed to only accept take-out orders and refrain from providing dine-in services to ensure implementation of social distancing. Restaurant owners and operators were encouraged to post notices and warnings on the spread and ill effects of COVID-19 in their premises.
Further, public and private recreational facilities were also mandated to cease their operations such as fitness gyms, swimming pools, saunas karaoke bars, and country club facilities for sports that entail close person to person contact. A liquor ban was also enacted to prevent gathering opportunities for city residents in the duration of the quarantine period.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged the public to stay at home during this health emergency to slow down and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the barangays.
“We implore to our constituents that they refrain from going out unless it is for the purpose of accessing basic necessities and essential work,” Fresnedi said.
As of March 30, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 27 confirmed cases in Muntinlupa with four deaths, 282 persons under monitoring (PUM) and 145 patients under investigation (PUI).
For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.
This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website.
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