Fines await health protocol violators in S. Leyte town

Philippine News Agency
January 11, 2021

FOR STRICT COMPLIANCE. A police officer during a dialogue with personnel of the transport terminal in Sogod, Southern Leyte regarding the strict implementation of health protocols in this undated photo. The local government on Sunday (Jan. 10, 2021) said it will impose penalties against violators of the mandatory wearing of face masks and shield, and observance of physical distancing starting Jan. 15. (Photo courtesy of Philippine National Police)

TACLOBAN CITY – Sogod town in Southern Leyte will strictly penalize violators of mandatory health protocols starting Jan. 15.

This is in compliance to Ordinance No. 2020-164 and No. 2020-175 requiring all persons within its borders to wear face mask and face shield and observe physical distancing, respectively, to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In an advisory issued Sunday night, acting Mayor Jose Ramil Golo said as a warning, first time offenders will be required to sign an agreement that he or she would not commit the same violation again by following the health protocols.

However, on the second and third offense, the violator must settle a PHP1,000 and PHP2,500 fine or imprisonment of up to six months depending on the court decision, respectively.

"Let us all follow the minimum health standards for the good of everyone and protection (of) our loved ones, especially our families," Golo said.

As of Jan. 7, the town recorded a total 19 cases, including 18 recoveries and zero death, based on the monitoring of Southern Leyte provincial health office. (PNA)

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