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TAYTAY, Rizal – Acting on a complaint filed by no less than the homeowners, the local government slapped a three-month preventive suspension against a plantilla personnel for an overzealous implementation of the community quarantine protocols.

In a one-page order, Taytay Mayor Joric Gacula said that municipal employee Sonny Enriquez will have to spend the next three months under a preventive suspension following a formal complaint filed by the Greenland Homeowners Association.

“Ignorance of the law excuses no one,” says Mayor Gacula during a meeting he presided over in view of the complaint against Enriquez.

According to the homeowners, Enriquez tried to apprehend teen-agers from biking inside the private subdivision, citing “guidelines” supposedly issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), prompting Gacula to review the video which was uploaded in social media and summon both parties.

According to Gacula, the IATF guidelines specifically restricts contact sports – and that does not include biking, which he described as a non-contact activity that was conducted inside a private compound.

In issuing a three-month preventive suspension without pay, the local chief executive reminded other local government personnel to regularly refer to the IATF guidelines to prevent glitches in doing their job. As for Enriquez, Gacula found out that the employee is a plantilla personnel since 1994 and that suspending him without pay for the next three months would suffice to his lapses, while the homeowners’ group has yet to file formal charges against the erring government employee.

Sana ay magsilbing aral sa lahat na hindi natin papayagan ang mga ganitong pagkakamali sa hanay ng ating mga kawani. Tayo po sa Pamahalaang Bayan ng Taytay ay malinaw ang paninidigan na allowed ang pag-eehersisyo sa paraan ng non-contact sports, partikular ang pagbibisikleta. Sa katunayan, ako mismo ay patuloy ang paghikayat sa ating mga kababayan na mag-ehersisyo at regular ding nagbibisikleta araw-araw,” Gacula said in a Facebook post.

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