Angkas, may libreng sakay para sa medical frontliners sa Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2020   •   693

MANILA, Philippines – May alok na libreng sakay ang motocycle-ride hailing service na Angkas sa medical frontline workers na nahihirapang bumiyahe ngayong umiiral uli ang modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) sa Metro Manila.

Ang hakbang ay sa pakikipag-tulungan ng Angkas service sa Joint Task Force COVID (JTF CV) Shield na may layuning tugunan ang pangangailangan sa transportasyon ng healthcare workers ngayong suspindido ang biyahe ng mga pampublikong sasakyan.

Sa ilalim ng kasunduan, nasa 1,000 Angkas riders ang ide-deploy sa labing-isang ospital sa Metro Manila upang maghatid-sunod sa medical frontliners.

Ayon kay JTF CV Shield commander Police Lt.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, tatambay sa labas ng ospital ang Angkas riders para maghintay ng medical workers na nais magpahatid.

Kailangan lang ay magpakita ang frontliners ng identification card upang maka-avail ng libreng sakay.

“Itong ating mga health workers, probably sa umaga okey pa yung biyahe nila masigla pa pero after their shift, ito yung mga pagod na so naka-standby sila doon para ihatid sila ng bahay… and after that pwedeng may arrangement na sila ang susundo kinabukasan kung sakali,” ani Elezar.

Tiniyak naman ni Eleazar na may tatanggaping suweldo ang Angkas rider na nagbibigay ng libreng sakay.

Samantala, mamahagi rin ang JTF CV Shield ng 1,000 motorcycle barriers sa piling medical frontliners upang magamit ng kan-kanilang mga kamag-anak o kakilala na maaaring maghatid sa kanila sa trabaho.

“It will be given sa mga health workers, priority doon sa kanila at yung pamilya nila na may motor. ‘Yung mga police station, sila ngayon ang lalapitan para ma-distribute ito yung 1,000 shield,” ani Eleazar. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Vera Cruz named new JTF COVID-19 shield chief

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

Police Lieutenant General Joselito Vera Cruz

MANILA, Philippines — Police Lieutenant General Joselito Vera Cruz has been designated as the new commander of Joint Task Force COVID Shield, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Wednesday.

“Effective on Tuesday, April 20, Vera Cruz was designated as the Deputy Chief for Operations and Task Force Commander of the enforcement arm of the national government in the implementation of quarantine rules and health protocols,” PNP chief General Debold Sinas said in a statement.

Vera Cruz replaced Police Lieutenant General Cesar Hawthorne Binag, who will retire on April 24 and whose designation has been terminated effective April 20, 2021.

“As the new commander of this task force, I expect PLtGen Vera Cruz will continue the plans and programs of the previous commander and enforce strict quarantine rules in the country to mitigate the spread of the virus while waiting for the available vaccines,” Sinas said.

The JTF Covid-19 Shield is composed of members of the PNP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

PNP to impose modified work set-up, other health measures at Camp Crame

Robie de Guzman   •   March 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police will implement a modified work arrangement for non-uniformed personnel at its national headquarters in Camp Crame amid the rise in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, PNP officer-in-charge PLt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said all heads of offices at the headquarters were directed to start conducting an assessment on how to implement this set-up “without compromising their respective offices’ administrative works and outputs.”

“In consultation with our Chief, PNP, Police General Debold M Sinas, I have approved the adoption of a modified work arrangement that include work from home, for our non-uniformed personnel assigned at the NHQ at Camp Crame as an alternative work arrangement amid the upsurge of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the National Capital Region,” he said.

Eleazar said the modified work arrangement does not include uniformed personnel due to the nature of their job, which includes regular law enforcement duties and enforcement of protocols such as quarantine and uniform curfew hours in Metro Manila.

“However, there is already an ongoing assessment on alternative work arrangements for our uniformed personnel,” he said.

Eleazar also said that the PNP is looking to come up with recommendations on whether to continue the existing face-to-face classes or to shift to online classes for the mandatory schooling and training of our personnel.

“Likewise, we are now also crafting a guideline to modify command activities at NHQ that would introduce a combination of physical and virtual attendance in such activities,” he said.

“In this way, the risk of infection among our personnel will be lessened since it will further reduce the number of people attending those activities,” he added.

Eleazar stressed that the main intention of the measure is to reduce the number of people going inside Camp Crame as a preventive measure against COVID-19 infection.

“I would like to reiterate the instruction to the units concerned to limit the visits in offices and quartering units at NHQ to work-related or in the exercise of official functions only,” he said.

“We are also awaiting the recommendations on whether or not to continue, suspend, modify and/or limit the number of clients availing of frontline services at NHQ such as securing police clearance, renewing permits, and other transactions,” he added.

Over P20-M worth of illegal drugs seized in Sulu buy-bust ops

Robie de Guzman   •   March 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Some P20.4 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated in a buy-bust operation conducted in Jolo town of Sulu province, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.

Citing a report from the Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR), PNP officer-in-charge PLt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the illegal drugs were seized in an operation conducted on Sunday at Barangay Walled City.

Police said the buy-bust operation was jointly launched by intel operatives from Jolo MPS, Indanan MPS, 11th and 35th Mobile Intelligence Battalion, in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Bangsamoro region.

Operatives also arrested a drug suspect, identified as Ejek Ali Abduhalim, 44, during the operation.

“Seized from the suspect were one paper bag with more or less three kilograms of suspected shabu with a street value of P20.4 million and two mobile phones,” Eleazar said.

The suspect is now facing criminal charges violating Sections 5 and 11 of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“The PNP is working double-time to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in every region across the country, as we continue to intensify our anti-illegal drugs operations,”  Eleazar said.

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