EVERYONE in Mandaue City is required to wear a mask or they will be fined P5,000.
Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes has signed the city ordinance mandating the wearing of masks in public.
John Eddu Ibañez, the executive secretary of Cortes, said the legal enforcement of Mandaue such as the Philippine National Police and barangay tanods have started strolling around the city to enforce the ordinance.
The barangay tanods focused on the interior parts of their designated barangays.
Ibañez said that once an individual will be seen not wearing a mask or not properly wearing it, the enforcement officers will immediately apprehend the violator.
The violators will face a case endorsed to the Prosecutor’s Office in violation of the ordinance which bears a fine of P5,000 or six to 12 months of imprisonment.
Ibañez said: “Wearing a mask is simple. There is no need for us to be imprisoned for not wearing a mask.”
He also said those who are not properly wearing the mask will also be considered violators, particularly those wearing masks that do not cover the nose and mouth.
In addition, those who wish to drink or eat can do so without being reprimanded, Ibañez said.
The public may help the police and tanods in keeping watch on violators.
Ibañez said the public may notify the police or tanods if they see someone without a mask.
Ibañez said they have posted this announcement in their social media account.
He added that they also plan to post signs in public places and in the barangays to remind the public to wear masks.
Meanwhile, Emma Ozoa, a resident of Brgy. Looc, Mandaue City, said in an interview that she supports the implementation of the ordinance.
She said wearing of masks is important as it will protect her from contracting Covid-19 and that it irritates her when someone does not wear a mask.
She said those individuals do not care about their family’s welfare.
Aside from putting their family at risk, they might also be the reason for the spread of the virus in their community, said Ozoa. (KFD)