Under Ordinance No. 695-2020, passed on May 11, flying of kites in Valenzuela is not allowed as the country continues to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Flying kites near power lines could cause sudden power outages and worse, even electrocution,” the city government said in a statement.
Violators of the ordinance will be fined P1,000 or 24 hours community service in the first offense; P3,000 or 48 hours community service on second offense; and P5,000 or 72 hours of community service in the third offense.
The ordinance will be revoked once the state of public health emergency declared in the country is lifted, according to the local government.
Quezon Province launches own COVID-19 testing facility
The Department of Health has approved the COVID-19 Bio Safety Laboratory of Quezon Province, which will operate Monday.
The Bio Safety Laboratory or COVID-19 testing facility is located at Lucena United Doctors Hospital and Medical Center in Lucena City.
According to Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez, Quezon residents will no longer struggle to know whether they are negative or positive for COVID-19.
The specimens do not need to be taken to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Patients will no longer wait two to three weeks before the results are obtained.
According to Suarez, the testing facility was built with the assistance of the Provincial Government of Quezon, which provided P6 million for equipment, Lucena City Government, which also gave P6 million for infrastructure and Lucena United Doctors Hospital for Bio operations Laboratory Safety.
The local government said testing in the facility is free, as Philhealth will pay it.
Suarez added that the COVID-19 recoveries are growing rapidly. He said the province of Quezon aimed to be COVID-19-free.
Residents of Marinduque province are also welcome in Quezon to use the Bio Safety Laboratory as well.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in Quezon province.
As of May 17, the province has 47 confirmed cases, four deaths, and five recoveries.
The Philippines meanwhile has recorded 12, 513 confirmed cases, 824 deaths, and 2,635 recoveries.