The Quezon City government apprehended 819 individuals in a joint operation conducted by the Department of Public Order and Safety, QC Police District, Task Force on Transport and Traffic Management, and Task Force Disiplina on the first day of the imposition of curfew hours from 10 pm to 5 am in Metro Manila.
The violators were bought to their respective barangays and were issued an Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR).
Apprehended individuals must pay the fine before it lapses in five days. Failure to do so would resort to filing of charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office and it will reflect on the violator’s police clearance upon application.
Ordinances SP-2928 S-2020 and SP-2957, S-2020 mandates the implementation of public safety hours and wearing of face masks in public places and imposes a fine of P300, P500 and P1,000, for the first, second and third offenses, respectively.
However, Ordinance SP-2963 S-2020 which sets penalties for violation of public safety hours imposes a one-month imprisonment and/or a fine of P1,000 for the third offense.
If a minor or those below 18 years of age is found violating the ordinance, a fine shall be imposed on the parents or guardian.
“Kahit na nagkaroon na ng curfew, marami pa rin ang hindi sumusunod. Gayunman, patuloy pa rin tayong magsasagawa ng operations para maiwasan ang lalong pagdami ng kaso ng COVID-19,” DPOS head Gen. Elmo San Diego (Ret.) said.
On March 14, Mayor Joy Belmonte issued a set of supplemental guidelines imposing emergency measures to curb the transmission of the virus in households, workplaces, and other establishments which will be in effect from March 15 to 31, 2021.
“Paulit-ulit po tayong umaapela sa ating mga mamamayan na sumunod sa ating minimum health protocols, liquor ban, and curfew hours. Ito po ay ginagawa natin para sa kaligtasan ng bawat isa. Andyan pa po ang virus, at patuloy na kumakalat kung hindi tayo mag-iingat. Kailangan nating panatilihin ang disiplina para mabawasan natin ang hawahan,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
Last Friday, 1,743 individuals were apprehended for violating several health protocols in the city such as the no face mask ordinance, mandatory face shield inside commercial establishments, workplace and public transportation ordinance, and proper social distancing.
On Saturday (March 13), OVRs were issued to 250 individuals (4 were minors) by Task Force Disiplina while QCPD fined 289 adults. On Sunday (March 14) 276 individuals including 17 minors were caught violating health protocols by Task Force Disiplina and QCPD issued OVRs to 260 adults. On Monday (March 15), a total of 226 with 19 minors were apprehended by Task Force Disiplina. while QCPD issued OVRs to 328 adults.