Davao City Council passes FM Pass Ordinance

Subscribe Now December 16, 2020 at 04:59pm

INDIVIDUALS who will be caught tampering or misusing their food and medicine (FM) passes will now be fined after the “FM Pass Ordinance of Davao City,” which aims to regulate its usage, was passed on third and final reading on Tuesday, December 15, in the 19th Davao City Council.

Under its provision, tampering or forging and misrepresentation in the FM passes are prohibited and will be penalized with an administrative fine of P5,000.

The ordinance states, "Any person who shall tamper with an FM Pass as to change any important part thereof (such as changing the names of the holder, or the control number given) or shall forge a fake FM Pass to make it appear that it is valid, or shall use a tampered or forged FM Pass shall be penalized."

Also among those who will be penalized are "any persons who shall falsely misrepresent themselves as the persons whose names are indicated in the FM Pass, when the names therein clearly refer to different persons."

The ordinance also states that all FM pass holders are advised to keep their FM Pass safe and undamaged, and keep a copy of their Control Number.

If the FM Pass is lost or damaged, residents should submit their Control Number to their respective barangays and have it verified so that they can claim a Temporary Barangay Certificate indicating their Control Number as a replacement.

This Temporary Barangay Certificate is only valid for a specified date.

The Temporary Barangay Certificate should be accounted for and submitted to their respective Team Leaders who shall collect the Control Numbers of the lost or damaged FM pass every week, in order for a replacement with the same Control Number can be issued.

In addition, FM passes can only be replaced once.

The use of FM passes was reimposed after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued EO 62, which took effect on November 13, brought about by the continuing spike of Covid-19 cases in the city.

The EO provides for additional restrictions to limit the movement of people to access goods and services, for work in the offices or industries, and other allowed activities due to the “persistent disregard of many individuals to abide by the quarantine guidelines of the modified general community quarantine.”

The FM pass was supposed to be used to buy food or medicines from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Sundays but was adjusted to 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. when the city shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) beginning November 20.

Passes with last digits of 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 may be used on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while those with last digits 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Names of two individuals can be indicated on the pass, but only one named person may use it at a time. Holders must present a valid identification card to establishments, it said.

The mayor recently said the implementation of the FM pass is now under the supervision of the office of Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte.

She said the Vice Mayor’s Office (VMO) will be creating the FM pass guidelines, which will be directly imposed as an ordinance.

"Once mabuhat nila ang ordinance, mapa-implement nila ang bag-ong FM pass (Once the ordinance will be enacted, we will be able to implement the new FM pass). That will be the new rules," Duterte-Carpio said in a November 30 radio interview.

A new FM pass is reportedly going to be issued for residents after an internal memorandum directed to the barangays circulated online.

But no confirmation has yet been issued.

Duterte-Carpio also said the VMO will be issuing and explaining the concrete guidelines of the updated FM pass implementation in the coming days.

Source: sunstar.com.ph



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