DAGUPAN CITY – Task Force Disiplina held and fined 714 individuals for violating various city ordinances pertaining to discipline on the streets lumped together under the city's Artikulo 21, whose implementation was re-intensified by the city government.
The implementation of Article 21 is in furtherance of the commitment of the city in enforcing discipline within its territorial jurisdiction to promote the general welfare of the people and maintain peace and order.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez reconstituted Task Force Disiplina on January 19 and redefined its functions, with her as the honorary chairperson and Construction and Maintenance General Foreman Lorna Collado as chairman.
In her report to Fernandez, Collado disclosed that of the 714 individuals apprehended, 294 were caught wearing sando, sleeveless shirts, short pants and or wearing of slippers or sandals while driving or operating a public utility vehicles including tricycles for hire in violation of the Dress Code Ordinance of the city.
They were fined P100 each for their first offense and if they would be apprehended again for the same offense for the second time, violators will be ordered to pay a fine of P300; and P500 for the third and succeeding offenses.
At least 200 were caught spitting and discharging mucus in public in violation of City Ordinance No. 1456-93 which prescribes and penalizes acts and omissions inimical to cleanliness and sanitation.
The ordinance imposes penalties from P300, P500 and P1,000 for the first, second and third offenses, respectively.
For smoking in public in violation of City Ordinance No. 1971-2011 that prohibits smoking in public places and business establishments not designated as smoking areas, 117 individuals were apprehended and penalized accordingly – P500, for the first offense; P1,000 for the second offense; and P2,000 for the third offense.
About 60 individuals were held for operating unregistered videoke machines in violation of Section 6 of City Ordinance 1870-2006 or “An Ordinance Regulating the Conduct of Caroling, Serenading, Combo Playing, Passion Singing activities and prohibiting noise.
The ordinance mandates that every videoke machines must be registered with the City Treasurer’s Office and violation of this would make the offender liable and should pay the corresponding penalties of P1,000 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; and P5,000 for the third offense including cancellation of business permit.
At least 22 computer game houses were held liable for violating City Ordinance No. 1708-2000 for permitting, inducing, and abetting minors to play video games, computer games and other games during school days from Mondays to Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to P5:00 p.m. and were ordered to pay P3,000 for the first offense.
Under the ordinance, a second offense would mean closure of business and cancellation of business permit and payment of P5,000 as penalty.
For littering upon any public highway, street, alley or road, upon public parks, or recreation areas or upon any other public property owned, or into a bay, channel, harbor, river, creek, stream, reservoir, coastal waters or other waters of the city, in violation of Article IV Section V of Ordinance No. 1929-2009, at least 14 individuals were made to pay P1,000 for the first offense.
If they are caught violating the same offense again, they will be ordered to pay a penalty of P2,000 for the second offense and P3,000 for the third offense.
Four individuals were caught urinating and defecating in places other than designated comfort rooms in violation of City Ordinance No. 1456-93 which prescribes corresponding penalties of P300 for the first offense, P500 for the second offense and P1,000 for the third offense.
Three persons were held liable for admitting minors in their premises for video games and computer games with corresponding penalty of P3,000 for the first offense.
Second offense would mean closure of business and cancellation of business permit and a fine of P5,000.
Mayor Fernandez appealed to everyone to always observe discipline and cleanliness to avoid being apprehended by members of the Task Force Disiplina who are always on alert for violators. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)