COVID-19 Crisis: 165 face mask, face shield violators apprehended in Muntinlupa Police’s Oplan Sita

In an attempt to reduce COVID-19 transmission associated to non-compliance with health protocols, the City Government of Muntinlupa has augmented operations to apprehend violators of face mask and face shield rules.

Members of Muntinlupa City Police Station recorded 165 individuals who are not wearing, or improperly wearing, face masks and face shields in eight barangays during the conduct of Oplan Sita from May 30 – May 31. Of the total number of violators, 43 individuals were fined while 122 received first warning.

While the City Government awaits new guidelines on arresting those caught violating face mask rules from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Justice (DOJ), provisions under Muntinlupa City Ordinance No. 2020-109 have been imposed.

Under the local ordinance, every person in Muntinlupa is required to wear face masks at all times whenever outside of their residence, at the workplace, when entering government buildings and offices, and in public places.

Penalties for offenders include P300 for first offense, P500 for second offense, and P1,000 for third and subsequent offenses. For violators who are minors, a stern warning will be given for the first offense, withdrawal of scholarship grant from the City Government or P300 for non-grantee for second offense, and P500 for third and subsequent offenses. The penalty fee for minors will be charged against their parents or guardians.

The City Government of Muntinlupa has imposed stricter implementation of its local ordinance on the mandatory wearing of face masks following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to arrest people who will be caught not wearing a face mask properly in public spaces.

Further, the City Government lifted liquor ban but with restrictions for the duration of less stringent community quarantines.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi reminds city residents to continue to observe health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, wearing of face masks, and physical distancing.

“COVID-19 is still an imminent threat so I urge everyone to be responsible and to continue observing health protocols even as quarantine measures and the liquor ban are relaxed,” Fresnedi said.

Muntinlupa City has recorded a decrease in COVID-19 cases within the last two weeks. From 1,036 active cases last May 16, it has reduced to 604 cases as of May 30.

To date, there are 12,850 confirmed cases with 11,903 recoveries, 343 reported deaths, 102 suspect cases, and 1,631 probable cases in Muntinlupa.

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