Imprisonment and hefty fine await officials of private subdivisions and condominiums in Quezon City who hamper the campaign against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Mayor Joy Belmonte issued the stern warning after officials of a condominium in Brgy. Sto. Cristo and a subdivision in Brgy. Matandang Balara prevented the entry of contact tracers into their premises.
Barangay officials called the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) to intervene, but condominium and subdivision officials still refused to give in to the request.
“Hindi tayo magdadalawang-isip na kasuhan ang mga opisyal ng subdivision at condominium na hindi makikipagtulungan sa ating mga pagkilos laban sa virus,” said Belmonte.
“Nakakalungkot ang nangyaring ito dahil dapat ay nagkakaisa tayo sa paglaban kontra sa COVID-19, na kung hindi agarang maagapan ay maaring humantong sa lalong pagkalat ng virus sa mga natukoy na lugar,” she added.
The city government will file charges against officials of the said condominium and subdivision for violation of Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.
"The city is also mulling to file other charges against them for their non-cooperation and for preventing our health personnel from doing their duty," said Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo.
Those found guilty will receive a fine of ₱20,000 but not more than ₱50,000, or will be imprisoned for not less than one month but not more than six months
"If other homeowners and condominium associations remain uncooperative, we have no other option but to hale them to court as well," Belmonte emphasized.
“Pero huwag na sanang umabot pa sa korte ang usapan. Nananawagan ako sa homeowners and condominium associations na makiisa sa ating kampanya laban sa COVID-19 alang-alang sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” she said.