Mga pulis na ayaw magpabakuna, ililipat ng assignment – PNP chief Carlos

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2021   •   220

MANILA, Philippines – Papayagan pa ring magtrabaho ang mga pulis na hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19, ayon sa Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ito ang nilinaw ni PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos kasunod ng pahayag ukol sa pagpapatupad ng “no vaccine, no work” policy sa mga tauhan ng pambansang pulisya.

Unang sinabi ng PNP na hindi papayagang pumasok sa trabaho ang mga ‘di bakunadong pulis na walang maipapakitang negatibong resulta ng RT-PCR test kada dalawang linggo.

Sagot rin ng mga nasabing tauhan ang bayad sa COVID-19 testing.

“However kapag sinabi natin they will not go to work it does not mean that they will not be working. They will still deliver the police services needed,“ ang wika ng PNP chief.

Pero sa halip na field work ay ililipat na lang ng assignment ang mga pulis na hindi pa nagpapabakuna upang makaiwas silang mahawa sa COVID-19.

“We will not allow them to be exposed. At the same time kasi kapag unvaccinated sila, ilagay namin sila sa QCP medyo delikado. So we will put them in a place probably take an admin role so they can still do the job for us,” ani Carlos.

Ayon sa hepe ng PNP, hindi maaaring lumiban ang mga hindi pa bakunadong pulis dahil maraming mabinbinbing trabaho.

“So ganun yung aming sistema kasi lugi naman ho ang gobyerno, ang taumbayan kung because it is their choice not to be vaccinated and yet they are not delivering services,” ani Carlos.

Unang sinabi ng PNP na mamarkahan ng absent na ibabawas sa leave credits ang mga tauhan na hindi magsusumite ng RT-PCR test.

Sakali naman naubos na ang kanilang leave credits ay ipatutupad na ng PNP ang “no work, no pay” rule sa mga pulis.

Giit ng PNP, ang pagpapatupad ng “no vaccine, no work” rule ay alinsunod aniya ito sa mga patakarang ipinatutupad ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Layunin rin nitong mahikayat ang iba pang tauhan na magpabakuna bilang dagdag proteksyon kontra coronavirus disease.
Base sa datos ng PNP Health Service, nasa 1,808 pang tauhan ang hindi nagpapabakuna laban sa COVID-19.

Sa nasabing bilang, 299 ang nagbigay ng medical reason, 194 ang nagsabing may allergy, 393 ang buntis, 63 ang lactating mother o nagpapasuso, 69 ang nagsabing labag ang pagpapabakuna sa kanilang religious beliefs, siyam ang under quarantine habang ang nalalabing bilang ay walang ibinigay na dahilan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PH gov’t simplifies rules for COVID-19 vaccination

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has simplified the requirements for COVID-19 vaccination to encourage more Filipinos to get inoculated amid rising cases of coronavirus infections.

In a press briefing, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said walk-ins are now allowed at vaccination sites.

 “Hindi na rin po kailangan bilang health screening ang pag-monitor sa blood pressure, unless ang babakunahan ay may history ng hypertension o may sintomas ng hypertension at iba pang konsiderasyon na nakabase sa clinical judgement ng doktor sa vaccination site,” he said.

“Hindi na rin kayo hihingan ng medical clearance at certification para mabakunahan,” he added.

Nograles said medical clearance and certification will only be required for individuals with auto-immune disease, HIV, cancer/malignancy, patients undergoing steroid treatment, and patients with poor prognosis or bedridden.

“May mga bakuna, mas maluwag na po ang requirements para dito, kaya ‘wag na po tayong magdalawang-isip, magpabakuna na po tayo,” Nograles said, addressing the public.

“Luluwag ang ating mga ospital at dadami ang mga bakanteng kama kung marami ang protektado sa malubhang sakit dala ng COVID-19. Let’s help our frontliners and let’s help ourselves by getting vaccinated,” he added.

The Philippines is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, with 37, 207 infections recorded on Friday, January 14. This is the highest ever single-day tally of cases in the country since the pandemic started in 2020.

P1.1 million worth of shabu seized in Taguig City

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Around P1.1 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated in a series of operations in Taguig City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday.

In a statement, the PNP said police operatives conducted four successive operations, led by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday, January 11.

Initial report revealed that a tricycle driver identified as Halil Abo, 26, was arrested after two heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu worth P173,400.00 were found in his possession.

An hour after, elements of the NCR Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a separate buy-bust operation leading to the confiscation of P515,440 worth of illegal drug and the arrests of drug suspects, Wynlove Buco, 38, and Eusebio Bahia Jr.,43.

Taguig City police also arrested 44-year old Raffy Lumenda, who was found with illegal drugs with a street value of P345,440.00.

Two individuals, identified as Alvin Co, 36, and Jessie Christopher Cruz, 38, were also nabbed for illegal drugs along MLQ St., Purok 5, Brgy. Lower Bicutan, Taguig City in another anti-illegal drugs operation conducted on the same day. Confiscated items were packs of suspected shabu worth P76,160.00.

PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos lauded police officers involved in the operation.

“Successive operations in a day—this is a feat. I thank the dedication of the police units involved. This huge amount of illegal drugs must be reflective of the network of narcotic operations that may be behind these cases,” he said.

“The next step is to identify the big fish,” he added.

PNP to monitor public safety as more schools resume limited in-person classes

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it will implement a deployment plan within the vicinity of various campuses as more schools are set to resume limited face-to-face classes amid the rising cases of COVID-19.

The PNP issued the statement following the announcement of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that it will push through with the Phase 2 of the limited in-person classes in higher education institutions (HEI) in areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

CHED earlier said the Department of Health has allowed the in-person classes to commence on January 30 for HEIs located in areas under Alert Level 3, while universities and colleges under Alert Level 2 can begin anytime.

“We defer to the wisdom of CHED in allowing the limited resumption of face-to-face classes. Our primary duty is to make sure the minimum public health standards are strictly observed amid another spike of COVID-19 cases especially in areas under Alert Level 3,” PNP Chief General Dionardo Carlos said in a statement.

He said schools planning to resume limited physical classes should be prepared to welcome back the students, teachers and other non-teaching staff safely.

“These HEIs that are willing to reopen must assume the responsibility of complying with the health and safety protocols,” Carlos said.

Aside from the schools, the PNP said establishments surrounding educational institutions are also expected to begin receiving more customers or clients.

“Thus, they are reminded of the importance of implementing the minimum public health standards like temperature scanning before entry, observance of physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and non-acceptance of unvaccinated individuals if backed by a valid mandate,” it added.

The PNP also urged security officers from the private sector to work closely with the police to better control the gathering of people and prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

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