One barangay in Muntinlupa tightens its campaign to curb COVID-19 by issuing an order to suspend barangay personnel who will be seen not wearing face masks in public places.
Brgy. Poblacion captain Allen Ampaya signed Executive Order No. 8 series of 2021 on Thursday ordering the suspension of all barangay employees not wearing face masks or not properly wearing face masks outside of their residence.
Ampaya said the employees of the Barangay should at all times follow regulations and minimum health protocols to be a good example to the public. He said the issuance of the executive order aims to intensify the barangay’s efforts to prevent further transmission in Brgy. Poblacion.
Under the barangay order, any barangay employee that will be caught violating the local executive order shall be meted with suspension without pay.
For first offense, barangay employees will receive five days suspension without pay while violators for second offense will be suspended for 30 days without pay. Further, for third offense, the barangay government will terminate the employment of the personnel.
Brgy. Poblacion encouraged the public to report barangay staff who are not following health protocols.
“Kung kayo po ay may makikitang mga kawani na hindi nagsusuot o hindi nakasuot nang tama ang kanilang face mask sa mga pampublikong lugar ay ipagbigay alam po lamang sa ating Barangay,” Brgy. Poblacion posted on its Facebook page.
As of September 16, Poblacion leads the nine barangays in the city with the highest number of active cases at 512. While in total, Muntinlupa has 2,412 active cases, 24,108 confirmed cases, 21,200 patients recovered, 496 death, 0 suspect, and 3,443 probable cases.
Earlier, the Muntinlupa City Council passed City Ordinance No. 2020-109 or known as the Ordinance on the Mandatory Use of Face Masks in Muntinlupa City requiring residents and persons in the city to use face coverings or protective clothing to cover the nose, mouth, and chin.
Under the local ordinance, every person in Muntinlupa is required to wear face masks at all times whenever outside of their residence, at the workplace, when entering government buildings and offices, and while in public places.
Penalties for offenders include P300 for first offense, P500 for second offense, and P1,000 for third and subsequent offenses.
For violators who are minors, a stern warning will be given for the first offense, withdrawal of scholarship grant from the local government or P300 for non-grantee for second offense, and P500 for third and subsequent offenses. The penalty fee for minors will be charged against their parents or guardians.
Meanwhile, the local government has announced the pre-registration of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old for vaccination following the issuance of an emergency use authorization (EUA) of a COVID-19 vaccine for children.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged parents and guardians to register their children to the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) as protection from the adverse effect of COVID-19. Fresnedi said the pre-registration aims to create a database of the adolescents’ group eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in preparation for the final guidelines from the Department of Health.
Muntinlupa residents under this age group may pre-register online via www.vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac and choose the category “C – Rest of Population.”
As of September 17, there 7,449 residents aged 12-17 that were registered in city’s COVID-19 vaccination registration system.
*Source: Public Information Office