BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Private and public establishments in Bacolod City are mandated to use the BaCTrac system effective today, under City Ordinance 941, Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical and data analysis of the Emergency Operations Center, said yesterday.
Sorongon said they will dispatch monitoring teams within the week to various establishments to check their compliance with the BaCTrac ordinance.
Erring establishments will be fined P1,000 for the first offense, and P2,500 and P5,000 in fines for the second and final offenses, respectively.
Sorongon said there will be no more extension because, supposedly by now, all establishments should have already registered with the BaCTrac system as they were given ample time to comply.
When the ordinance was implemented last year, the city government gave establishments at least one month to register, unfortunately, based on the monitoring conducted by the EOC, there are still some who negate the order while others have complied, yet do not use the system, he added.
Bacolod residents or visitors, who have yet to register in the BaCTrac app will be given enough time to do so, Sorongon said, adding that they can temporarily use the manual logbook of establishments on their first visit.
But establishments are mandated not to admit customers if they do not have BaCTrak on their successive visits, Sorongon said.
Sorongon also announced yesterday that the Bacolod EOC launched the Facebook Live virtual forum recently to boost the information education on the vaccination program of the city government against the Covid-19.
He said they want to use the social media to reach more residents.
Sorongon added that through it, people will understand thoroughly the importance of the vaccine since the language used is Hiligaynon, and the forum speakers are medical health experts. During the live stream, residents are encouraged to join by posting comments or questions online.*