A P5,000 fine and imprisonment of six months, or both, will now be meted to residents in the Province of Cebu who continue to defy the mandatory wearing of face masks, as well as improper disposal of the used ones.
The Provincial Board (PB), in its session Monday, September 7, passed on the first reading an ordinance seeking penalty for non-wearing and improper disposal of face masks.
A fine of P2,000 and imprisonment of three months or both will be meted on first offense, while a fine of P3,000 and imprisonment of six months or both on second offense.
Section 5 of the ordinance authored by Cebu 4th District Provincial Board Member Kerrie Keane Shimura, chairperson of the PB Committee on Public Health, seeks to “require all persons within the territorial jurisdiction of the Province of Cebu the mandatory use and wearing of face mask at all times when outside of their residences, other residences, at the workplace, in public utility vehicles, public places, business establishments, and in all other circumstances with other people or when exposed to two or more persons in a given public place.”
Section 6 reads that “all persons wearing their own face mask is also responsible for proper disposal. Used face masks shall be cut into two parts to avoid reuse. At the option of the user, he/she may reuse his/her face mask for other purposes like, but not limited to, gardening but strictly not for the same purpose as its original use.”
“Reuse of face mask for other purposes shall not be detrimental to other persons living within the same house or compound and that households should have a separate receptacle for disposable face masks,” the ordinance further reads.
Public offices are also required to have a separate container, receptacle or garbage bin within their respective premises with the corresponding markers or instructions for disposal.
Business establishments shall also provide separate garbage bins or any other receptacles particularly intended for disposable face masks in their business premises with the corresponding markers or instructions for disposal. (Eleanor Valeros)