Market quarantine violators doubles in mid-February

By: Delta Dyrecka Letigio - CDN Digital Multi-Media Reporter | February 17,2021 - 08:53 PM

EOC deputy chief implementor Councilor Joel Garganera speaks in front of vendors from Escañez Street in Carbon Market during a public hearing on September 28, 2020. | Photo Courtesy of Cebu City EOC

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Market Operations Division (MOD) has revealed that as of mid-February, over 1,000 quarantine violators have already been apprehended by the police and city enforcers.

MOD head, Irvin Caballes, said that from 500 at the start of February, the number of violators now reached more than 1,000 individuals in the city-managed markets including Carbon, Pasil, Taboan, and T. Padilla.

Caballes said the vendors and shoppers remain to be complacent especially in wearing their face masks and face shields, seemingly undeterred by the over 2,000 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city.

“Naa lang gyoy mga tawo nga walay pakabana. When it comes to penalty, kahibaw man ta nga bug-at na nila kay kahibalo ta sa mga kasagarang moviolate mga naglisod sad ang kahimtang,” said Caballes.

The penalty for violating the protocols remains at P500 for the first offense or community service if unable to pay the said amount. Second-time violators pay a fine of P1,000 plus community time while third and multiple offenders will face charges for violating the city ordinance on health protocols.

The market head said this persistent violation of the health protocols worries the MOD because the cases may rise especially in the Carbon Market, but there have been no indications of such so far.

Still, the MOD will continue to apprehend the violators in order to remind the vendors and shoppers that the city government is serious about implementing the health protocols.

Caballes is appealing to marketgoers to be compliant with the health protocols because the market can be a source of transmission if they are not careful with the many people going in and out of there.

“Para man na natong tanan isip protection aron makalikay tang tanan sa virus,” said the MOD head. /rcg

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