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Minors banned in QC public places 24/7

Paula Antolin



Minors in Quezon City are not allowed in all public places, whether alone or accompanied by parent or guardian, and without any justification, to protect them from the coronavirus pandemic.
This developed as the city council approved Ordinance No. SP-2985, S-2020, or the “Quezon City Special Protection of Children against COVID-19”, which directs all those below 18 years old to remain at home at all times — meaning 24 hours a day.
The Ordinance authored by Majority Floor Leader Franz Pumaren and Councilors Donato Matias, Eric Medina, Victor Ferrer and Shaira Liban, minors are not allowed to roam and loiter around, wander, stay, remain or meander in all public places, whether alone or even accompanied by parent or guardian, without lawful purpose or justifiable reason.
Public places include streets, highway, sidewalks, parking lots, vacant lots, and the common areas in and about churches, apartment, buildings, office buildings, hospitals, schools, malls or shopping centers, commercial establishments and places of entertainment such as movie theaters and similar places or establishments.
There are exemptions, though, and these include:
If the minor is engaged in an authorized employment activity requiring physical presence, provided that they are accompanied by parent or guardian;
Those seeking medical attention or with medical/dental appointments, provided that they are accompanied by parent or guardian;
Those transiting for international or domestic air/sea travel as proved by pre-booked tickets, provided that they are accompanied by parent or guardian;
In an extreme case of need to buy/purchase essential goods, provided that no other person of legal age living with the minor can perform such duty and only those attending to, or in experience of, an emergency situation such as conflagration, earthquake, hospitalization, road accident, or any situation requiring immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life.
Parents or guardians of minor children who violate the Ordinance will be fined P300, P500 and P1,000 for the first, second and third and subsequent offenses, respectively.
Minor children, for their part, will be turned over to the Barangay Council for the protection of Children (BCPC) of the barangay where they are apprehended and will be required to undergo counseling before they are turned over to their parent or guardian.