ILOILO CITY—Violators of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health protocols will have to render community service such as cleaning the city’s streets.

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A man sweeps off fallen leaves along the bike lane in Iloilo City as part of community service for violating minimum health protocols against COVID-19. (Iloilo City Government Beautification Program / MANILA BULLETIN))

“This is the best punishment for violators. Hopefully everyone will learn their lesson that this is being imposed for everyone’s safety and in the end, they will also learn to appreciate a clean and beautiful place and community to live in,” said Iloilo City resident Julie Corcino Baylon in a Facebook comment.

“It’s a win-win situation,” echoed Jerome Angelo Sorenio.

The city government, under Mayor Jerry Treñas, introduced the community service scheme as means of making city residents understand the need to follow the ordinance that mandates the wearing of face mask or face shield.

Aside from cleaning the streets, the violators could be asked to augment Iloilo City Hall personnel in tending to the plants along the bike lanes or the Iloilo Esplanade, the city’s linear river park.

Meanwhile, the Iloilo City government will soon launch its own QR code system to make it easier for contact tracing of city residents and visitors.

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