The Negros Occidental provincial government warned the public, those who violate the enhanced community quarantine will be fined and may face jail time. Provincial legal officer, Atty. Alberto Nellas, Jr., said individuals who violate quarantine rules will be fined between P20,000 and P50,000 along with a one to six-month jail sentence.
The provincial official also said violators could also face charges for disobedience to a person in authority, especially for those who refuse to cooperate and fight against authorities.
He added, there is no “first offense” in implementing the quarantine order.
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson earlier signed an executive order placing the entire province under an enhanced community quarantine, which takes effect today and runs until April 14.
Under the quarantine, only one member of each household will be provided a quarantine pass by their respective barangay, which will allow them to visit the supermarket.
Barangay officials were responsible for handing out the quarantine passes throughout their respective jurisdictions, which the provincial official emphasized, should be free.
Bearers of the pass are limited to purchasing food, medicine, and other necessities and, with public transportation suspended, must also be able to operate their own vehicle.
Additionally, those exempt from the enhanced community quarantine include medical and emergency personnel, police, soldiers, delivery personnel, utilities personnel, media, public officials, private company employees, the judiciary, and those working at the province’s agricultural mills and food industry.
Those exempt must also carry government-issued identification./DGB, WDJ