DILG bans mass gatherings anew

Credit to Author: Christian Crow Maghanoy| Date: Tue, 04 May 2021 05:52:17 +0000

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) banned anew mass gatherings in the National Capital Region (NCR), which is currently under a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), to control a surge of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the region.

In the DILG memorandum to local chief executives and regional directors of the Philippine National Police (PNP), it also sought to “define their roles” in implementing minimum public health standards based on the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines and the Republic Act 11332, otherwise known as the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act”, especially section 9, paragraph D, or the non-cooperation of persons and entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases or health events of public concern.

Año, who presented his directive to President Rodrigo Duterte in a Cabinet meeting on Monday, stressed that there was a need to implement the strict prohibition of mass gatherings under the revised penal code.

The Interior secretary said that if the local chief executives failed to prosecute violators, administrative and criminal cases may be filed against them and that the PNP may arrest them.

Año also encouraged residents to provide comments through a citizen’s feedback mechanism that includes a complaints center and hotline numbers to be set up by local governments.

Meanwhile, Año reported that the DILG continues to distribute financial aid in the “NCR plus bubble” that is also composed of Cavita, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan.

As of Monday, at least  17.3million out of P22.9 million low-income and indigent families or 74.35 percent have received the government’s financial aid for the community quarantine amounting to P17 billion.

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