The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that there have been more than 1.5 million violations of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health protocols recorded since August 2020, including but not limited to non-wearing of face masks. 

PNP Chief Police Gen. Debold Sinas reported during a meeting of the government’s pandemic task force that there were 1,503,273 violations of health protocols from Aug. 20, 2020 to March 23, 2021.

“As to the number of occurrences of 1.5 million recorded (violations) nationwide, NCR (National Capital Region) recorded the highest number of violators, which is 260,000 or 17.31%,” Sinas said.

“On the recorded mandatory health protocol for the past eight months, the highest recorded violation is the non-wearing of face masks,” he added.

Some violations included are not wearing face shields, holding mass gatherings, failure to observe physical distancing and non-reporting of notifiable disease.

According to Sinas, non-wearing of face mask is “consistently the number one violation committed by the public.” September last year was the most numbers of violators of the protocols on face masks and physical distancing.

A total of 27,513 violated the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in Metro Manila from March 15 to 23.  Of this, 10,562 curfew violators were fined, 8,682 were warned, 1,098 were asked to render community service, and 13 were detained.

Also, 7,058 of the arrested have been released. 

The Manila Police District recorded the most number of apprehended violators even with the lowest number of deployed curfew implementers.

The Southern Police District recorded the second highest number of violators followed by the Eastern Police District, and the Northern Police District. Meanwhile, the Quezon City Police District posted the lowest number of violators. 

The City of Manila has the highest number of curfew violators at 7,288. Ronald dela Cruz