Fines collected from persons not wearing face masks reaches P500T

By Roi Lomotan

 PCol. Julian Entoma, Provincial Director of PNP-Negros Oriental, cites the total amount of fines collected from individuals who are not wearing face masks has reached P505,000. Entoma shared this information in a “Straight from the Source” press briefing organized by the Philippine Information Agency and the Negros Oriental Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force – Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) on May 12, 2020 at the IATF Multi-Agency Coordinating Center, Visionaire’s Lounge, Dumaguete City. (KAT/PIA7-NegOr)

The total amount of fines collected from individuals in Negros Oriental who were caught not wearing face masks has reached P505,000.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Negros Oriental Provincial Director PCol. Julian Entoma announced this in a press briefing held recently at the Visionaire’s Lounge, Dumaguete City.

Entoma said the fines already went to the different city and municipal treasurers’ offices across the province.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Oriental had already passed a resolution on the mandatory wearing of face mask as part of the precautionary measures against COVID-19.

First-time offenders will be fined P200, while the second offense is P500 and the third and subsequent offenses will be charged P1,000 with imprisonment of not more than one month.

Entoma noted most of the violators were first-time offenders.

The provincial police director together with Dumaguete City Police Chief PLTC. Wilfredo Alarcon gave an update on the peace and order situation of the province amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Negros Oriental.

Entoma reported that the provincial police officers arrested and filed cases against 46 individuals for violating the province’s curfew ordinance.

He noted that the provincial police were given orders by their national office to arrest and file cases against curfew violators on April 21.

The provincial PNP only gave warning to those persons apprehended for violating the curfew regulation from April 3 to 20, 2020.

Meanwhile, Entoma also disclosed that officers from Sibulan Municipal Police Station together with operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) also arrested two individuals in Sibulan town last month for selling overpriced face masks while the province is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

Another person was also arrested in Tanjay City for selling overpriced alcohol.

In Dumaguete City, Police Chief PLTC. Wilfredo Alarcon said a total of 122 persons were arrested and penalized for not wearing face masks while 69 individuals were arrested for going against the curfew regulation.

Aside from this, the city police have also conducted a massive operation against colorum drivers and motorcycle drivers who are not wearing helmets and face masks while driving in cooperation with the PNP-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and the City Traffic Management Office (TMO).

This operation resulted in the impounding of 15 motorcycles at the HPG compound in Capitol Area, and 132 motorcycles at the TMO with 140 citation tickets issued by the TMO.

Alarcon reiterated the city law enforcement agency will continue to implement the guidelines set by the city government even though the city now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) along with the rest of Negros Oriental.

Naa man gyud na guidelines nato sa COVID-19. Ipadayon nato katong (pagdakop sa) not wearing of face mask, curfew nato magabie. Katong mga leisure acitivities na dili pwede pareha ng mag-jogging around the city, maligo sa kadagatan. Everytime naa tay makita ana, ato nang dakpon (We have guidelines against the spread of COVID-19. We will continue apprehending those who will not wear face masks and curfew violators. Leisure activities like jogging around the city and swimming in beaches are still prohibited and we will also apprehend those people who will do this),” Alarcon said.

To this, Entoma also urged everyone to continue to stay at home since there is still no proven vaccine against COVID-19.


Mobile KADIWA store starts rolling in NegOr

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete residents buying vegetables and fruits at the Kadiwa on Wheels Mobile Market. (PIA7-NegOr)

“This is what we need today to help both farmers and consumers through this ‘Kadiwa on Wheels’ as we face the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the province.”

Gov. Roel Degamo said this during the opening of the mobile market with farmers’ associations and cooperatives who brought their farm produce at the Capitol Ground, Dumaguete City.

This is to bring the market closer to residents in the middle of the ECQ in an effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Degamo hopes the Kadiwa will help “continue to slow down the spread of the disease as our people are in their respective homes while the mobile market is going around the barangays as well as in the towns and cities.”

Rosana Aldecoa of Brgy. Looc, Dumaguete City who came to the Kadiwa on Wheels said that prices of agriculture products such as vegetables sold in the Kadiwa store are reasonable because there were no additional price from middlemen.

“Before, when I was still growing up in Metro Manila in the 1970s to 1980s, Kadiwa products were really cheap. This is a very good move of the government. When I heard over the radio that there is Kadiwa, I hurriedly came here without delay,” said Rosana.

A happy and satisfied consumer, Rosana said she is assured that the products sold at the Kadiwa are fresh, as she observed that there is also enough space in the area and the buyers are able to practice social distancing.

The initiative of the Provincial Agriculturist Office, Department of Agriculture, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is helpful to residents as farm products are affordable at a reasonable price, the governor said.

The ‘Kadiwa on Wheels’ will go around the following barangays in Dumaguete City: Bantayan, Lo-oc, Poblacion 8, Motong, Cadawinan, Camella Village in Candau-ay, Balugo, Talay, Junob, Bagacay, and Calindagan.

Kadiwa on Wheels is also set to visit Guihulngan City and Bindoy on April 22, Tanjay City on April 23, and Pamplona on April 24.

NORECO II launches ‘Pantawid Liwanag’

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative (NORECO II) is granting free electricity to its 34,323 lifeline consumers.

This is in support of the government’s “Pantawid Liwanag” program to subsidize the electricity consumption of lifeline customers for March billing.

According to NORECO II Information Officer Sharon Araula, lifeline residential consumers or those who consume 20 KWh or less will not be paying electricity charges in March only.

As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Araula said due to the COVID-19 crisis and with the province now under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the cooperative is implementing the program to lessen the burden of the lifeline consumers.

NORECO II has allocated P2.7 million for the said subsidy for the lifeline consumers under its coverage area.

However, for consumers covered by the subsidy who have already paid the March billing, they will be considered as advance payment for the month of April.

Araula said the implementation of the ‘Pantawid Liwanag’ is in cooperation with the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (PHILRECA), National Association of General Managers of Electric Cooperatives (NAGMEC) and One EC-MCO Movement.