Members of Muntinlupa City PNP and barangay police have apprehended at least 203 curfew violators, of which 36 were minors, in the first day of the implementation of stricter curfew hours in the city.
Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the violators were taken to barangay covered courts where they attended seminars about the unified curfew hours, health protocols, and the local COVID-19 situation.
According to PNP Muntinlupa, 22 individuals were given citation tickets for deliberate non-compliance with minimum health measures such as wearing of face mask and face shield while 36 minors were given warning.
Navarro added that minors who will violate the curfew hours shall lose their scholarship grant from the local government in their second offense while other penalties shall be charged against their parents or guardians.
The local government joins other Metro Manila cities in implementing unified curfew hours from 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM adopting the Metro Manila Council MMDA Resolution No. 21-03, Series of 2021 starting March 15.
Further, Muntinlupa has also enforced a total liquor ban as part of the city’s tighter COVID-19 response efforts in a bid to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
Business establishments who will violate the liquor ban shall receive suspension of business permit and closure for one (1) week for first offense and revocation of its business permit or license for second and succeeding offenses. For individuals, violators shall be meted with 2,500 pesos penalty for first offense and 5,000 pesos for second and succeeding offenses.
The liquor ban and curfew hours in Muntinlupa will be enforced until April 4.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi appeals to Muntinlupa residents to strictly follow minimum health measures and not to let their guard down amid rising cases in the city.
“COVID-19 is still here and we should continue observing health protocols such as wearing our face mask and face shield, physical distancing, and washing of hands,” the local exec said.
Two areas of concern in Muntinlupa City were placed under a two-week Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) from March 13 to March 28 after recording high attack rates and active cases in the recent weeks.
The City Health Office has conducted a mass testing in Cruzero St., Villa Carolina 1 in Barangay Tunasan and 124 Purok 1 in Barangay Cupang and will intensify its detection, isolation, and treatment strategies. Contact tracing of close contacts will also be facilitated.
As of March 15, Muntinlupa City has 5,948 confirmed cases with 5,517 recoveries, 254 active cases, 177 reported deaths, 67 suspect cases, and 414 probable cases.
*Source: Public Information Office