It’s already a year since the lockdown started in the Philippines because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Leaders throughout the country do their best to provide and remind their constituents to follow the minimum health protocols such as physical distancing, face shields, washing of hands, and wearing of face masks.
Executive orders pop up from left to right that people have to abide by their health and safety rules. The efforts are of good intentions but for a fine if caught not complying.
However, the citizens do comprehend the crisis; everyone is experiencing it right now. It does not change the fact that most have lost their livelihood and businesses.
Meaning, the implemented EOs regarding fines and punishments cause further hardship to the taxpayers.
On April 16, 2021, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia expressed her plans to issue a memorandum to direct the mayors and allow the violators to be warned and reminded of the necessity of the minimum public health standards.
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“They can be reminded to wear a mask, admonished to wear a mask, but never should they be mistreated,” Garcia told Police Colonel Engelbert Soriano, officer-in-charge of the Cebu Police Provincial Office, in a report by Sugbo News.
Gov. Garcia added in her interview:
“It’s bad. It’s hard for our people now to eke out a living, pabayaron pa na nimo (and then you ask them to pay). We are kinder to criminals than violators of this mask-wearing thing… Let’s deal with real criminals, not violators of some illogical imposition.”
Do you agree with Governor Garcia’s stand for her constituents?