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‘Oplan Disiplina’ kicks off

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CEBU, Philippines — “Oplan Displina” in Cebu City will begin today, October 1, 2022.

An executive order for the campaign has yet to be issued as of this writing but Mayor Michael Rama said on Friday, September 30, that he has already given the “Oplan Displina” Task Force the go signal to start their job today.

“That was the directive… kay wa man tay disiplina… kung naa pa tay disiplina, wala na unta na,” Rama said.

The task force is composed of personnel from the PNP; Bureau of Fire Protection; Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification, and Enhancement (PROBE); Cebu Environmental Sanitation and Enforcement Team (CESET); and Cebu City Traffic Office.

Rama’s new campaign will focus on implementation of ordinances and laws at the barangay level, particularly those on environment, health and safety, sanitation, and traffic.

It will also give particular attention to the strict implementation of curfew for minors.

“Na tay curfew (for minors), duwa-duwaan man lang… karon, dakop gyud ni… dakop!” Rama said.

Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for administration of the Cebu City Police Office, said the task force will also keep an eye on residents smoking in public places, those walking half naked, spitting, and littering.

“Curfew, basura, cigarette smoking... and bisan ang paghukas-hukas sa gawas, wala na gi-allow…So, dako kaayo ni siya’g tabang nato (Oplan Disiplina),” Parilla said.

“The Oplan Disiplina will be the implementation of all laws and city ordinances for the anti-criminality and, at the same time, the safety of the people,” said

He described the mayor’s directive as “an order of a strong sense of self-control, order and discipline and directing the strict enforcement of all existing laws, ordinances, rules and regulation within the jurisdiction of the city of Cebu.”

Parilla said that just like the police’s “Oplan Bulabog,” at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Oplan Disiplina” will be a bottom-up approach, starting in the barangays.

“Just like sa pandemic, ang atong application sa Oplan Bulabog, it will start with the barangay going up,” Parilla said.

A dry-run on the campaign took place for three days prior to the full implementation on October 1.

During the dry-run, it was noted that some residents have started being conscious of the rules like bring their garbage out on the scheduled time for collection.

Suggestions on penalties will still be deliberated upon and consolidated as some do not agree on having temporary holding areas in barangays. Others have suggested that violators be made to render community service or pay a fine.

Rama stressed that discipline begins at home and such discipline is integral in the city’s vision to be Singapore-like.

“Housekeeping is very important…Take it upon ourselves,” Rama said.  – Decemay P. Padillam, JMO (FREEMAN)


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