1K CL folk accosted, warned for not wearing face masks

April 17, 2020

MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga – More than 1,000 persons were accosted and warned by the police in different parts of Central Luzon last Thursday for not wearing face masks in violation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) guidelines.

Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia, Police Regional Office 3 director, said that all Central Luzon residents are now required to wear face masks or other protective gears when leaving their homes to buy essential commodities.

He said this directive is being carried out pursuant to the pronouncement of Pres Duterte and Resolution No. 18 of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

“We enjoin the public to adhere to the guidelines on the wearing of face masks and protective gears as well as the observance of Social Distancing. Stiff penalties of one to six months of imprisonment or a fine of P20,000 to P50,000, or both will be imposed on violators,” Sermonia said.

“We are doing the best we can together with all the frontliners to contain the continuous spread of COVID-19, time and again, we call out to the public to also do their share by following authorities and staying at their homes,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sermonia revealed that 10,485 families in Region 3 have already benefited in PRO3's "Rektang Bayanihan" which was launched three days after the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

He said that with the launching of PRO3's Food Bank, different government agencies and stakeholders all over the region have donated non-perishable food items which added with those to be distributed by PRO3.

The Central Luzon top cop renewed his appeal to all kind-hearted and wealthy kababayans to help provide for the less fortunate or most vulnerable sectors in every Barangay thru "Rektang Bayanihan".