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GenSan councilor: no face shield, no ride, face penalty

August 08, 2020 - Saturday 9:08 AM by PNA

Article Banner Image General Santos City Councilor Franklin Gacal Jr. said Friday he will introduce amendments next week to Ordinance No. 33, which penalizes the non-wearing of face masks in public, to include provisions on the use of face shields in public transportation. PHOTO BY MINDANEWS

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – A City Council member here wants hefty penalties for residents and visiting individuals who refuse to comply with the mandatory wearing of face shields in public utility vehicles (PUVs).

City Councilor Franklin Gacal Jr. said Friday he will introduce amendments next week to Ordinance No. 33, which penalizes the non-wearing of face masks in public, to include provisions on the use of face shields in public transportation.

Ordinance No. 33, which took effect last May, mandates the wearing of face masks and prescribes penalties for violators, which includes nine days of community service for first-time offenders.

Second and third-time offenders face a fine of PHP3,000 and one-month imprisonment.

Gacal, who authored the ordinance, said the planned revision will only cover the use of face shields in public transportation and not in local establishments as well as other convergence areas.

“We’re already under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) so there’s no need to include public places,” he said in a radio interview.

The city was placed under MGCQ starting June 1 after being considered as among the low-risk areas for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The Department of Transportation ordered early this week the compulsory use of a face shield for every passenger of PUVs starting August 15. It covers public vehicles like trains, bus, jeep, taxi, passenger vessels, and airplanes.

The Land Transportation Office-Region 12 said on Thursday said the regulation also includes tricycles, the main mode of public transportation here and other areas in the region.

Gacal said he will consult concerned stakeholders and push for the passage of the additional measures before Aug. 15. (PNA)

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