The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recorded 32,867 individuals who were not wearing face masks in public from May 12 to 16.
This was reported by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to President Rodrigo Duterte in a public briefing aired Tuesday morning.
Of the said number, 15,556 were warned, 14,066 were fined or cited, 2,308 individuals did community service, 240 were inquested, and 697 were arrested and have undergone regular filing of cases.
“Tiningnan po namin ang talaan sa araw-araw. Nakikita naman po namin na bumababa ang numero ng mga violators. Ang ibig pong sabihin ay pumapasok naman sa isipan ng mga kababayan natin ang pagsusuot ng masks at ito ay magandang trend dahil makakatulong para maiwasan ang tinatawag na transmission,” he said.
(We have seen our daily logs and we saw that that the number of violators is decreasing. This means the public is becoming aware of our protocol on wearing masks. This is a good trend since [wearing of masks] will help avoid transmission [of the coronavirus].)
The DILG said there were also 585 violators of mass gatherings during the same period.
Of the said number, 436 were warned, 118 were fined or cited, 17 conducted community service, 10 were inquested and four have undergone regular filing after their arrest.
Moreover, 10,705 individuals were also recorded by the DILG as having violated protocols on physical distancing.
Of the said number, 8,538 were warned, 1,546 were fined or cited, 375 have conducted community service, 44 were inquested and 202 have undergone regular filing after their arrest.
Earlier, Duterte ordered police officers to detain and investigate people who are not wearing face masks and those who are not wearing them properly in public.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar however said cops will not enforce harsh penalties for violation of the face mask policy.
Eleazar said they will bring violators to a holding area and enforce local ordinances on the mandatory wearing of face mask, such as community service or imposing fines.
The PNP chief said violators will also be given face masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus. —KG, GMA News