BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued instructions that all COVID-19 patients and their close contacts be placed in the city’s quarantine facilities and should no longer be placed under home quarantine as this would be violations of minimum health protocols, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday.
Familiaran, chairman of the city’s inter-agency task force against COVID-19, said the mayor gave the instructions due to the violations of the mandatory wearing of face mask, observance of social distancing, and the curfew ordinance.
Earlier, a house in Purok Grandville 3 in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City was sealed off after the wife of Patient No. 53 violated the quarantine protocol.
Mansilingan Barangay Captain Rodolfo Pico said they also sealed off a house in Carmenville l where Patient Nos. 39 and 45 live, and another in Grandville 1 where Patient No. 48 resides, while waiting for the result of their second swab test.
Familiaran met with the city department and office heads yesterday to discuss the ordinances authored by Councilor Archie Baribar on the mandatory wearing of face masks and social distancing.
He also discussed with them the executive order of the mayor creating a quarantine and health protocol compliance council, and the Task Force Disiplina which he was tasked to head by the mayor.
Task Force Disiplina will start its operation once citation tickets to be issued by the City Health Office to violators will be ready, Familiaran said.
He added that the task force will be composed of personnel from the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) under executive assistant Celestino Guara, the Bacolod City Police Office, and the CHO. The police will assist the task force in enforcing the curfew ordinance.
Guara said the POSO will enforce the wearing of face mask and observance of social distancing in areas where they will be directed by the task force chairman. The police will implement the curfew ordinance in areas under the jurisdiction of police stations where they are assigned while the Philippine Coast Guard will be take charge of shoreline barangays.
Wilfredo Geolingo has been designated as action officer of the task force, Familiaran said.
He said the CHO will coordinate with the barangay where the violator will render community service if they opt for it.
Bacolod residents who violate the mandatory wearing of wear face masks and social distancing will be meted a fine of P200 or eight hours community service, and a fine of P300 for non-residents of the city.
Meanwhile, violators of the Curfew Ordinance, who are residents of Bacolod, will be meted a fine of P500 or eight hours community service in the barangay where he or she resides within the next 24 hours from his apprehension, while non-residents of Bacolod will be fined P1,000.*