QC’s campaign vs face mask and quarantine violators nets 99 individuals

The Quezon City government has apprehended 99 violators, including a minor who was caught roaming outside his residence, in its intensified campaign that began on Wedneday, July 8 against individuals who disobey quarantine guidelines.

According to Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) head Gen. Elmo San Diego, the offenders were apprehended in violation of City Ordinance No. 2936, which requires the wearing of face masks in public places amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The minor, meanwhile, was held for violating the localized General Community Quarantine (GCQ) guidelines that prohibit high-risk individuals, including those aged 21 and below to go outside of their residence.

“We called the minor’s parents to ensure they understand how serious this pandemic is and that moving forward, they will prohibit their child from going out when unnecessary,” said San Diego.

He added that the family had undergone counseling and a seminar on quarantine protocols before the child was allowed to leave.

“Representatives from the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) are crucial during our operations because they lay out intervention programs for our youth,” said San Diego.

The other 98 adult violators were processed and documented by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) at the Quezon City Hall and La Loma Police Station 1, where they underwent a similar seminar.

The operation was conducted through the efforts of the QCPD and various local government offices, such as the DPOS, SSDD, QC Task Force Disiplina, and the Task Force on Traffic and Transport Management.

The city hopes that the two-pronged approach of strict enforcement coupled with an extensive information and education campaign will help bring down the numbers of Covid-19 patients in the city, among many other strategies that include aggressive testing, increased quarantining and special concern lockdowns.

The QC local government on Monday launched the “Why I Wear A Mask” campaign to highlight the importance of wearing a face mask in public places to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Various studies have shown that the proper wearing of face masks can decrease virus transmission by at least 70 percent.