Enact ordinances promoting discipline as new normal, LGUs urged
CALOOCAN CITY, July 16 (PIA) — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año is encouraging local government units (LGUs) to enact ordinances that will “promote discipline” as the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now that the government is easing quarantine restrictions to balance public health with the need to reopen the economy, we must institute measures to promote discipline and individual responsibility among our people through local legislation,” Año said.
The DILG is banking on promoting discipline among citizens as a non-medical measure to fight COVID-19, which is a part of the Department’s broader “Disiplina Muna” campaign.
“I encourage LGUs from provincial to barangay sanggunians to make use of their legislative power to enact ordinances on ‘discipline as the new normal’ to beat COVID-19. By instituting individual discipline, we can defeat COVID-19,” the DILG chief pointed out.
Año said these ordinances that prescribe discipline includes following health safety protocols like wearing a face mask in public, sanitizing hands, doing at least one-meter physical distancing, observing cough etiquette, and staying at home for children and senior citizens.
He reminded the public about the World Health Organization (WHO)’s warning that COVID-19 is merely biding its time waiting for people to let their guards down. The WHO said that even in countries that haven’t seen any cases recently, COVID-19 hasn’t gone away for good.
WHO advises people to avoid the three C’s: confined and closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places, close-contact settings, especially where people have close-range conversations. (PIA NCR)