QC gov't warns residents of sanctions after pool party prompts community lockdown

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QC gov't warns residents of sanctions after pool party prompts community lockdown
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MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City local government warned anew any residents who organize and join large social gatherings that they would face charges under the city's ordinances.

This comes after an improvised pool party and drinking session at Brgy. Nagkaisang Nayon became a superspreader event where the coronavirus was transmitted to 51 residents, prompting the city government to place the surrounding area on community lockdown starting May 14.

In a statement sent to reporters, Mayor Joy Belmonte said that the City Legal Department has been directed to probe the concerned barangay officials and to find out if they failed to fulfill their responsibilities as persons in authority.

“Anyone proven to have violated our guidelines and ordinances, especially anyone mass gathering while drinking or at karaoke, will be issued an ordinance violation receipt and can be charged under Republic Act No. 11332,” Belmonte said in Filipino. 

“More precautions and restrictions are still needed because the danger posed by COVID-19 still remains."

Republic Act No. 11332 or the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act” has been employed by the Philippine National Police to arrest quarantine violators amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Per a report by the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit, a total of 610 residents were swabbed as a result of the superspreader event. Of which, 18 are still awaiting results while 31 are admitted in the city's facilities. 

The City Legal Department has since issued a show-cause order to the barangay captain of the locality. "We will investigate the local officials for possible administrative neglect or misconduct," City Legal Officer Orlando Casimiro said in the statement.

Belmonte also urged residents to report similar violations of quarantine protocols to the local government. 

“We encourage the public to take photos and videos whenever possible and report to us by calling our Hotline 122. We assure them that we will take swift action as this is a matter of protecting the health and safety of the whole city,” said Belmonte.

To date, 1,179,812 cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in the Philippines, 50,635 of whom are still classified as active cases. 


Disclosure: Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is a shareholder of Philstar Global Corp., which operates digital news outlet Philstar.com. This article was produced following editorial guidelines.

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LATEST UPDATE: September 14, 2021 - 10:16am

Follow this thread for updates on COVID-19 risk levels, safety measures, and data from Metro Manila's local government units.

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September 14, 2021 - 10:16am

Metro Manila will be placed under general community quarantine with alert level 4 starting September 16, according Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.

Under alert level 4, alfresco dine-in is allowed up to 30% capacity while indoor dine-in is allowed up to 10% capacity but for fully vaccinated customers only.

Personal care services and religious gatherings will be allowed up to 30% capacity if outdoor and 10% capacity for indoor but for fully vaccinated only.

September 9, 2021 - 12:55pm

A total of 122 individuals, including 99 children, at the Gentlehands Orphanage in Quezon City tested positive with COVID-19.

Following this development, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte called on the management of workplaces to strictly implement minimum public health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Dapat maging mahigpit ang ating persons in authority sa pagpapatupad nito para maiwasan natin ang pagkalat ng virus," Belmonte says in a statement.

September 8, 2021 - 11:48am

The government should compensate small businesses in Metro Manila that were affected by shifting decisions on quarantine classifications, Akbayan paty-list says.

Metro Manila was supposed to shift to General Community Quarantine on Wednesday until an announcement on Tuesday evening that that planned shift, which was supposed to also see a shift to "granular" lockdowns, would be deferred until September 15 or until guidelines are finalized.

"The [Inter-Agency Task Force] must reimburse small businesses that incurred losses due to its ‘laban-bawi’ quarantine protocols. This kind of negligence and thoughtlessness from the government hurts everyone, especially small enterprises and their workers who are trying their best to survive despite the pandemic," party-list nominee Perci Cendaña says in a statement.

September 7, 2021 - 6:50pm

Metro Manila to remain under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until September 15, 2021 or until the government irons out guidelines on a new quarantine system, the Palace announces.

Metro Manila was supposed to revert to General Community Quarantine from September 8 as the government tests using 'granular' lockdowns instead of region-wide quarantine classifications.

September 6, 2021 - 12:40pm

Metro Manila is reverting to the more lenient General Community Quarantine from September 8 to 30, according to a resolution by the inter-agency pandemic task force.

Members of the task force last week said the government may shift to "granular" lockdowns, or smaller-scale and localized hard lockdowns, instead of classifications that are region-wide.  

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