Those who will discriminate against medical and non-medical frontliners in Parañaque City during a public health crisis, such as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, will be facing criminal and administrative charges.
Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez has signed Executive Order 27, “prohibiting any form of discrimination against medical and non-medical front liners and persons infected, under monitoring or investigation due to the COVID-19 situation"
Olivarez said the city health office has received various reports regarding discrimination against frontliners being refused basic services like public transport and even being evicted from their lodging houses and apartments due to the fear of contamination.
“Sa halip na disrkiminasyon at pagdirian, dapat nating tratuhin ang mga frontliners na modern-day heroes dahil malaki ang kanilang naging contribution sa kasalukuyang public health crisis,” according to Olivarez.
“We need to protect them (frontliners),” he said, as he urged the local police office to arrest and file necessary case to those person or groups found discriminating our healthcare workers.
As stated in the Executive Order, it is unlawful for any person, natural or juridical, to commit the following against any frontliner:
To deny access to public programs and services otherwise available to the public; refuse admission or expel from public markets, supermarkets, groceries, bakeshops, and convenience stores;
Refuse entry or eject from usual accommodation in any lodging house, apartment, motel, hotel, inn, dormitory and other places of dwelling being rented out or offered to the public or for a fee or give inferior accommodation or services by reason of his/her work as a frontliner;
Utter or post slanderous or abusive statements which incites discrimination against a person infected, under investigation or monitoring or frontliner
Any order act of discrimination which demeans, impairs, mars, reduces or nullifies of a person under PUM, PUI and frontliner’s human and legal rights.
Olivarez added that these acts should not be tolerated, while the violators “have to face the long arm of the law.” With Joel E. Zurbano
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