A SHOW-CAUSE order has been issued to Quezon City Councilor Franz Pumaren directing him to explain the alleged violation of health protocols during his food distribution activity in Barangay Old Balara last Tuesday.
Mayor Joy Belmonte issued the order to Pumaren, who is also the council’s majority floorleader, upon receiving reports that those who went to the said food distribution failed to observe health protocols.
Belmonte’s move is consistent with the city government’s policy of going after violators of established health and safety protocols as well as to hold them accountable for their actions, regardless of status or position.
As part of her commitment to strictly enforce health protocols, Belmonte reiterated her warning to all city residents including officials, that they will be prosecuted, without fear or favor, if they violate health regulations and endanger the safety of the residents.
The City Legal Department is already conducting the necessary investigation over these reports and shall file appropriate case or cases as warranted.
The city’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, on the other hand, has been instructed to conduct COVID-19 testing among participants of the activity.
A few days ago, the city government also issued a show-cause order against the barangay chairperson of Nagkasing Nayon wherein an improvised pool party and drinking session were held during the Mother’s day celebration on May 8.
The so-called “superspreader” events have yielded 55 residents tested positive for COVID-19 virus from the 610 residents that were swab-tested.
The investigation of said event is still being conducted by the legal department.