Ecija joins calls to stop discrimination vs COVID-19 patients, frontliners

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija – The municipal government here led by Mayor Arvin C. Salonga has joined the call to stop discriminating COVID-19 patients, and those suspected with infection, including healthcare workers, front liners and their relatives.

Salonga yesterday said the municipal council led by Vice Mayor Julieta E. Maxwell unanimously approved Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 2020-053 which prohibits acts of discrimination against persons with COVID-19,  or those suspected to have contracted the disease either PUIs or PUMs, to include healthcare workers, front liners and their families.

The said SB resolution embodied Municipal Ordinance No. 029-2020 or the "Anti-COVID-19 Discrimination Ordinance" which also prescribes the penalty for committing any acts of harassment and discrimination that causes stigma, disgrace and humiliation against the person or persons concerned. The penalty ranges from a fine of not less than P2,500 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both depending on the discretion of the court.

"Our health workers are our front liners and they are the current heroes of the world. They put their lives and safety on the line for all of us in this fight to defeat COVID-19. They should be accorded full respect and utmost concern," said Salonga, in paying tribute to the front liners.