THE Valenzuela City Council enacted an ordinance requiring all individuals to wear face masks and other similar protective covers or equipment when going out of their residences to prevent and contain the transmission of the corona virus disease (COVID)-19.
Mayor Rex Gatchalian said that despite the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the number of COVID-19 cases has ballooned to more than 3,000 in recent days prompting the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to order the public the compulsory wearing of face masks.
These masks can be earloop masks, indigenous masks, reusable or do-it-yourself masks, face shields, handkerchiefs, or other protective equipment of the public, shown to effectively slow down or reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Taking its cue from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the IATF-EID and seeing the urgency of the situation, the Valenzuela City Council immediately set up and enforced precautionary measures to curb the possible further transmission of the dreaded disease. To date, there are 35 COVID-19 positive cases in the city, still one of the lowest registered number of cases in Metro Manila.
Under the "Wear Your Face Mask" Ordinance, individuals, residents, and/or non-residents traveling to or visiting all public spaces or taking the public transport within Valenzuela City are obligated to wear face masks or other improvised protective paraphernalia that can sufficiently cover both the nose and the mouth.
Task Force Disiplina and the Philippine National Police-Valenzuela City will join forces to implement the Ordinance. Anyone who fails to comply with it will be issued an Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR). First-time violators will be fined P 1,000, while second and third-time offenders will be penalized P 3,000 and P 5,000, respectively.