The Davao City government has bolstered the role of the barangays in the implementation of Ordinance No. 0301-20 or the Face Mask Ordinance by giving 60 percent share of collected fines and penalties for their Covid-related initiatives. 

The Face Mask Ordinance took effect into law on July 23, 2020, but it was amended through Ordinance No. 0416-20 to strengthen the enforcement of the ordinance at the barangay level. 

In the amended ordinance, 60 percent of the collected fines and penalties will go to the barangay that apprehended the violator and 40 percent will go to the city government’s coffers. 

“Para motuman ang mga katawhan ug ma-awhag ang mga enforcers hilabi na sa atoang mga barangay, gihatagan nato sila og share. Sa 500 pesos, 60 percent will go to the barangay and 40% will go to the local government collection (So that the public will comply and the enforcers will be encouraged to implement the ordinance especially in the barangay, we will give them a share. For every 500 pesos, 60 percent will go to the barangay and 40 percent will go to the local government collection),” said Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, the author of the said ordinance.

Dalodo-Ortiz also said that the barangays can utilize their share of 60 percent for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for their functionaries.

City Treasurer’s Office in-charge Atty. Lawrence Bantiding said that the CTO has prepared the necessary documents needed for the handover of funds to the barangays. 

The top 10 barangays with the most apprehension are Calinan Proper, Bago Aplaya, Angalan, Pampanga, Pangyan, Lacson, Sto. Nino, 76-A, Riverside, and Lizada.

“For example, for Calinan Proper our total collection is 22,500 so the barangay share is 13,500,” Bantiding said.

The city government of Davao has collected a total of P451,000 in fines and penalties from individuals who violated the Face Mask Ordinance.

Bantiding said that 902 individuals were apprehended since the implementation of the ordinance in July until December 31, 2020. 

“They opted to make use of the no-contest provision of the ordinance wherein they pay the amount of 500 pesos for the first offense at the City Treasurer’s Office,” he said during a live virtual interview over the Davao City Disaster Radio.

Of the 902 apprehended, 170 were from the First District, 265 from the Second District, and 467 from the Third District. 

Meanwhile, on criticisms that the ordinance is oppressive, Dalodo-Ortiz said that these are regulations made by the government in the interest of public safety and to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.

“Tan-awon pud nato pila ang gastuhon sa atoang siyudad sa Davao, sa usa lang ka Covid case. And atoang huna-hunaon nga prevention is better than cure. Kung dili sad ka pasaway ug motuman lang sa balaod, dili man sad ka makamulta (Let us look at how much the city will spend for a Covid case. And we should also think that prevention is better than cure. If you follow the law, you will not be fined),” she said. CIO