Manila City Makes Discrimination Against COVID-19 Patients and Frontliners Punishable

The Manila City Government passed Ordinance no. 8624 or the “Anti COVID-19 Discrimination Ordinance of 2020” this April 2. It aims to ban any kind of discrimination against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, Persons Under Investigation (PUIs), and Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs).

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It emphasizes that the ordinance provides protections for doctors, nurses, frontliners, volunteer workers, and other health and service workers as well.

The ordinance makes specific mention of some forms of discrimination. According to Manila’s Public Information Office, some punishable actions include barring any of the aforementioned individuals from returning to their homes or disseminating “sensitive information” on suspected patients.

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It also stipulates a fine of Php 5,000 for violators and up to 6 months of imprisonment.

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