OCD, disaster teams ask netizens to snitch on violators of COVID protocols

Several children sitting beside the street
POSTED IN THE CATANDUANES RED TEAM FB PAGE is this photo of youths without facemask and not observing social distancing along the street at San Joaquin, Panganiban, last July 20, 2021 at 6:44 pm.

LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) — The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) here has teamed up with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices in Bicol region’s six provinces in an effort to deploy field observers and tap volunteer netizens to report health protocol violators in their communities.

Project RED Team, according to OCD 5 Regional Director Claudio Yucot, is a fault-finder concept organized by the provincial DRRMOs using Facebook as the platform.

“During the series of conferences with Bicol IATF, isa sa mga primary na dahilan kung bakit dumadami ang kaso sa Bicol ay dahil hindi po sumusunod sa protocol ang karamihan sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya naman bilang tugon, gagamitin natin Facebook page na Red Team kada probinsya to report health protocol violations (During the series of conferences with Bicol IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force], one of the primary reasons of the rising COVID cases in Bicol is the violations of minimum public health standards among Bicolanos. As a response, we will use the Facebook page Red Team per province to report these violations),” he said.

Yucot said only photos of group gatherings or large events would be given attention.

Examples of these include violations of health standards during party or drinking sessions, illegal cockfight, crowd-drawing mall events, and transactions in restaurants or stores that do not implement COVID-19 guidelines.

Even two persons who are gossiping at the sideway without their facemasks on can be reported, Yucot added.

Any citizen with a real FB account may report any violations by sending a photo or tagging the page. The reports will be immediately assessed and verified by the administrators.

Photos should be completely documented with the date, place and the event of the incident, the OCD Bicol chief said, with the faces on the photos to be blurred.

Once screened, these photos will be posted on the respective FB pages of the DRRM offices.

Yucot also said that all collected reports will be submitted to BIATF, which will act on them.

“Datapwa’t tayo ay nasa kasagsagan ng pagbabakuna, matagal pa bago mabakunahan lahat at lumalaki pa din ang kaso ng COVID-19. Habang tayo ay naghihintay ng ating bakuna, tayo po ay susunod sa mga guidelines at health protocols upang mapagilian ang pagtaas ng kaso (Although the government is already conducting vaccination, it will still take too long before all Filipinos to be inoculated and the cases in the region are still high. While waiting for the supply of vaccines, let us follow the guidelines and health protocols in order to stop the increase of the cases),” Yucot said.

In the island province, netizens may send the photos to the Facebook page of the Catanduanes Red Team.

The page was set up by DRRM officers to gather photos and videos of violations of the Minimum Health Standard for Covid 19 as well as best practices by groups, entities and establishments that will serve as evidence for appropriate charges or recognition. (With a report from KAB/PIA Bicol)

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