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5 days’ notice: Joy Belmonte tells charity event organizers to inform QC LGU in advance

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Organizers of community service or humanitarian events must inform the Quezon City government of their plans five days in advance to avoid the possibility of having “super spreader” gatherings.

The advance notice requirement is contained in the latest general community quarantine (GCQ) guidelines issued by Mayor Joy Belmonte following several “super spreader events” in Barangay Matandang Balara and Holy Spirit in the past weeks, which led to a number of COVID-19 cases.

“We need to impose stricter measures to ensure that there won’t be a repeat of such incidents. Nasasayang lang ang ating mga pinaghirapan kung may mangyayaring mga pagtitipon na mauuwi sa pagtaas ng impeksiyon,” said Belmonte.

According to Belmonte’s directive, all organizers of gatherings for community service or humanitarian purposes where people are reasonably expected to congregate in a public place must inform the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) at least 5 days in advance, providing details on the organizers’ crowd control plan.

These gatherings include but are not limited to medical missions, kasalang bayan, distribution of food and cash assistance, and the like.

“Event organizers have the responsibility to provide appropriate crowd control measures to avoid excessive numbers of attendees and ensure proper physical distancing, such as through the use of marshals, stubs, coupons, and similar strategies,” Belmonte said in the order.

In case of violations of health protocols, the DPOS shall bring the matter to the Law and Order Cluster, including the Philippine National Police, for appropriate investigation and sanctions to be imposed if warranted.