DAVAO CITY Jan. 12 (PIA) – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio revealed that she is aware of some populated barangays in the city which are not keen in implementing the health protocols with the observation that some people continue to defy the face mask ordinance.
She said the Public Safety and Security Command Center has been ordered to look into this observation especially that some barangay chairs are adamant to implement the ordinance for fear of reprisal like the consequence of not voting for them in the coming elections.
Duterte-Carpio urged barangay chairs to do their job and not to care on the effect of their work to the elections.
She warned that barangay chairs will no longer be effective in their service if they give importance on re-election.
“You are no longer effective if you allow to compromise yourself with the effect of the elections,” Duterte-Carpio warned.
Earlier, Atty. Lawrence Bantiding, officer-in-charge of the City Treasurer’s Office recognized the barangays which work hard to enforce the face mask ordinance namely, Barangays Calinan Proper, Bago Aplaya, Angalan, Pampanga, Pangyan, Lacson, Sto. Nino, 76-A, Riverside and Lizada.
Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, chair of the City Councill Committee on Tourism said that this regulation is made by the government in the interest of public safety and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We should think that prevention is better than cure and if you follow the law, you will not be fined,” she stressed. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines with reports from the CIO)