ANGELES CITY – 571 Angeleños were given ticket citations, as the city government intensifies its no-face mask and loitering policies.
It can be recalled that Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. ordered on August 3, a stricter implementation of the city’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols by issuing Ordinance 546 which penalizes individuals not wearing facemasks, bringing quarantine passes, and loitering outside of their homes.
Since its implementation, the city government and barangay officials have been doing daily rounds of inspection in 33 barangays, and other public areas in the city, to give citation tickets to individuals caught not following the facemask and loitering policies.
The penalty for first time violators is 1,000 pesos.
As of August 13, out of the 571 violators, 169 have been compliant, and have already paid their fines. 402 violators have yet to report and pay for their penalty.
According to Mayor Lazatin’s Chief Adviser and Tactician Director IC Calaguas, non-compliant violators will receive a demand letter sent by the City Legal Office.
“If after receiving the demand letter, they still refuse to pay their fines, the city government will have to take action and file a case against the said individual,” Calaguas explained.
In a recent tally of violators collated by the Barangay Affairs and Public Assistance Center (BAPAC), Barangay Amsic has the highest number of violators with 84 residents receiving citation tickets for not wearing facemasks and loitering. Balibago has the second highest with 51 violators, while Sapalibutad is in third with 40 violators.
Other barangays with high number of residents penalized include Barangay Pampang (28); Pulung Maragul (25); Pandan (24); Malabanias (22); and Sta. Trinidad (22).
Sta. Trinidad Barangay Captain Dan Nacu addressed the sentiment of Angelenos who find the penalty fee too step, citing it as the reason for not being able to comply.
He said, “Kung titignan at babasahin city ordinance, wala pong kapatawaran ito. Kung lagi po tayong nagbibigay, lagi tayo nagpapatawad, paano po ang health natin. Kawawa naman yung mga taong sumusunod, kung hahayaan lang natin yung ibang magpasaway.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Lazatin urged all Angelenos to do their part in helping the city government in helping prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
“Pakiusap po, huwag nang lumabas ng bahay kung hindi naman importante ang gagawin. Magsuot tayo ng face masks at dalhin ang quarantine passes sa tuwing lalabas ng bahay. Iwasan na rin natin ang pagtambay sa labas ng bahay at pagdalo sa social gatherings. Sama-sama pa rin po tayo sa laban na ito,” he appealed.
To date, Angeles City has 137 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 73 of which are currently active.
Over 500 Angelenos were given citation ticket for violating Ordinance Number 546, issued by Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. that penalizes individuals caught without wearing proper facemasks in public, loitering, and holding mass gatherings. The penalty for first time offenders is P1000.