On their first regular session for the month of May, the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod, led by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, passed an ordinance amending sections 1, 4 and 7 of City Ordinance No. C-305, series of 2020, otherwise known as the mandatory use of face masks and stringent practice of physical distancing ordinance. Under the amended ordinance, the public is mandated to wear full face shields in addition to face masks, especially when going outside their respective residences, at the workplace, when entering government buildings and offices, when riding public transportation, back riding on motorcycles (if allowed by appropriate authority), while in public places, government offices, other establishments such as but not limited to banks, malls, restaurants and other private establishments where face shields are required by the management. Exceptions shall be allowed when a person is riding alone inside an enclosed private vehicle; engaging in strenuous physical activities, including laborers at work, whenever allowed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID); and eating inside restaurants or public places. Residents not wearing face shields along with face masks shall be imposed a fine of fine of Three Thousand Pesos (Php3,000.00 ) to Five Thousand Pesos ( Php5,000.00 ) at the discretion of the court. A compromise penalty of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) may be allowed should the offender admit to the offense before the filing of the case in the proper courts for violation of this Ordinance. Hon. Eliezer L. Borja, chairman of the committee on Health and sponsor of the ordinance, stated that the city deemed it necessary to require the use of face shields in addition to face masks, in certain places as an added protection against the increasing number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) locally-transmitted cases.
May 7, 2021