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By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, March 27, 2020
The Cebu Provincial Board approved the sanctions to be imposed on those who violate the additional mitigating measures against COVID-19 implemented by the Cebu Provincial Government. (Donald Moga)

Those who violate the mitigating measures implemented by the Cebu Provincial Government against the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) will face a penalty fine and imprisonment.

The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) approved during its special session on Thursday, March 26, 2020 the Ordinance No. 2020-07 adopting the provisions of Executive Orders (EO) 5-K, 5-L, 5-M, and 5-N issued by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia as additional mitigating measures against COVID-19.

Fourth district PB member Kerrie Keane Shimura, the chairperson for the Committee on Public Health, said the ordinance will give teeth to the governor’s EOs.

“There is indeed a clear and present danger presented by COVID-19 that warrants an immediate need for the implementation of additional stricter precautionary and preventive measures,” the ordinance read.

Said violations will be penalized with a fine not exceeding P5,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both at the discretion of the court.

Local government officials, officers, and employees violating the established measures and protocols under this ordinance will be meted administrative disciplinary action without prejudice to the filing of appropriate civil or criminal action in accordance with the Local Government Code.

EO No. 5-K imposed strict social distancing and proper hygiene in all terminals and public transport vehicles; in all restaurants, carenderias, and other establishments at all times; and public or private transport vehicle shall observe a one seat apart rule.

EO No. 5-L prohibited leisure activities such as island hopping and diving, gatherings of five or more persons, and suspended online classes, among others.

EO No. 5-M prohibited the use of air conditioning units in public transportation vehicles while EO No. 5-N placed the Province of Cebu under enhanced community quarantine. (Mylen Manto)