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.