Days after the Iloilo City has been placed under Enhance Community Quarantine – with orders of mandatory curfew – violators continued to roam beyond curfew hours. With this, citing the guidelines issued by the Department of Justice, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas announced that violators will be detained for 12 hours.
However, with police stations detention cells not big enough given the required social distancing, violators will be detained in basketball courts instead. Moreover, as soon as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has eased, appropriate charges will be filed against them.
To date (as of April 1), there had been 1,817 curfew violators arrested. Districts with most curfew violators include Molo with 228, Jaro with 189, and La Paz with 145. Read more: 12-hour detention: Iloilo City to go tough on curfew violators.
“Ang aton enhanced community quarantine para lang sa isa ka bulan (until April 14). Kon magsigi kita ka pinasaway, madugayan pa ‘ni. Kita man tanan guihapon ang mabudlayan,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in an article published by Panay News. The curfew is from 8pm to 5am.
Those exempted from the curfew are the following:
- Working in industries with work schedule within curfew hours
- Persons on the way home
- Authorized government officials
- Those traveling for medical and humanitarian reasons
- Persons providing basic services and public utilities
- Persons delivering food and medicine
- Essential skeletal workforce of the city and provincial government
Punong barangays, barangay councils, and tanods are tasked to implement the curfew. Other implementers include the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Task Force on Good Morals, Iloilo City Peace and Order Council, police and deputized individuals.