Public Attorney’s Office chief Atty. Persida Rueda Acosta appealed yesterday to local government units not to pass ordinances that would limit the mobility of unvaccinated people.
Acosta said there is no national law yet mandating the vaccination of all citizens in the country, thus unvaccinated people should not be discriminated upon amid the surge of Covid-19 cases.
Several local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila have passed ordinances ordering unvaccinated people to stay at home unless they are availing of essential goods and services.
The orders of LGU are in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate to barangay officials to stop the unnecessary travel of unvaccinated people outside of their homes.
National government agencies like the Department of Transportation have also sought to limit the travel of unvaccinated individuals.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairperson Benhur Abalos confirmed the passage of the ordinances, but added that the 17 mayors in the National Capital Region are not in favor of elevating Alert Level 3 to the stricter Level 4.
Metro Manila and many areas in the country are under Alert 3 until 31 January.
Aside from not discriminating against unvaccinated persons, Rueda urged barangay officials not to resort to “violent actions” in restricting the mobility of unvaccinated people.
Some groups said the order against unvaccinated people is discriminatory, but others are backing it as part pf the state’s mandate to promote the welfare of the governed.
On Saturday, Metro Manila logged a total of 149,000 active cases, with the Department of Health saying fresh cases will continue pouring in.