No Cages, No Dancing: These Quarantine Violators Did Community Service Instead

It's a "punishment" that actually makes sense.

( A couple of local government units have recently drawn ire over their, uh, creative punishments for quarantine violators (read: locking up minors in dog cages, making them sit under the hot sun, or even having them do "sexy dances"). But one city in Pampanga has set an example we can actually get behind: Quarantine violators in San Fernando City, Pampanga, did community service. They planted vegetables, swept streets and were allowed to go home with a warning that violating rules once again would earn them a formal case and a resulting fine.

These violators were caught outside past curfew, without a face mask, or without the proper quarantine pass, according to Paul Gamido, head of the San Fernando Police. Although they've already been sent home, violating the rules again could lead to a Non-Cooperation and Disobedience case.


Violators were made to plant as part of the city's "Rektang Gardening ng San Fernando PNP" program, which was launched to teach and help San Fernando folk find alternate ways of producing food during the uncertainty of the quarantine. The pictures show them hard at work at the city nursery in Barangay Lara. They also cleaned up city streets and did some hard labor shoveling sand. 

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San Fernando City has 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of April 19. Seven have recovered while one passed away. The entire Pampanga meanwhile has reported 51 confirmed cases, with eight dead and 12 recovered. 

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