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Iloilo City to act tough on curfew violators

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Citing the guidelines issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Mayor Jerry Treñas said violators of the curfew during the enhanced community quarantine would be detained for 12 hours.

Since police station detention cells are not big enough for social distancing to be observed, violators would be “detained” in basketball courts, said Treñas.

The city mayor added that when the coronavirus disease outbreak has eased, appropriate charges would be filed against the violators.

The curfew is from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and covers all people in the city, except in cases of emergency and if the sole purpose of going out is to buy food, medicines, basic necessities, and prime commodities. (https://bit.ly/2UUNZhX)

Exempted from the curfew are those working in industries and businesses with a work schedule within the curfew hours (such as those in the business process outsourcing industry and healthcare); persons on their way home from work; authorized government officials; those traveling for medical and humanitarian reasons; persons providing basic services and public utilities; persons delivering food and medicines; and essential skeletal workforce of the city and provincial government of Iloilo.

Village officials are authorized to primarily implement the curfew. Other implementers are the City Social Welfare and Development Office, police, Task Force on Good Morals, Iloilo City Peace and Order Council, and other deputized persons.

Regarding minors violating the curfew, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Western Visayas issued guidelines to help authorities properly handle youngsters.

If the children are residents of the barangay, the following steps must be observed:

* The barangay shall take custody of the minor.

* The barangay will register the child as a “child at risk” (CAR) in its logbook.

* Information needed from the minor must be taken using the intake sheet of the barangay.

* The parents or guardians must be duly informed.

* The minor is then turned over to the parents or guardians.

If the minor is categorized as “high risk” based on the guidelines of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council as assessed by the Local Social Welfare and Development Office (LSWDO), the LSWDO will conduct an “assessment and intervention conference” and design an intervention if deemed proper.

If the minor is a non-resident of the barangay, the following should be observed:

* The barangay where the minor is found shall take custody of the minor.

* The barangay will register the child as a CAR in its logbook.

* Information needed from the minor must be taken using the intake sheet of the barangay.

* The child will be turned over to his/her barangay of residence.

If the parents or guardians cannot be located, the child will be turned over to the local social welfare office.