Motorcycle barrier, hindi na kailangan sa riders na magkasama sa bahay – JTF CV Shield

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2020   •   625

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi na oobligahin ang motorcycle riders na naninirahan sa iisang bahay na gumamit ng protective barrier sa motorsiklo sa mga lugar na nasa general community quarantine (GCQ).

Sa panayam ng UNTV program na Get It Straight with Daniel Razon ngayong Miyerkules, kinumpirma ni Joint Task Force Coronavirus (JTF CV) Shield commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar na epektibo ito kasabay ng pagsasailalim sa Metro Manila at ilan pang lalawigan sa GCQ ngayong araw.

Ayon kay Eleazar, ang hakbang ay inaprubahan ng National Task Force on COVID-19 matapos ang masusing pag-aaral at pagtimbang sa panawagan ng mga grupo ng motorcycle riders para sa kapakanan ng lahat.

Aniya, oobligahin lamang ang paggamit ng protective barrier kung ang magka-angkas sa motorsiklo ay hindi magkasama sa bahay.

Sinabi rin ni Eleazar na dapat ay privately owned ang motorsiklo at hindi for rent o kaya ay nagpapabayad ang driver nito.

Dapat ang angkas ay authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).

Ang driver naman ay maaaring hindi APOR basta’t maghahatid o susundo ito ng APOR na pumasok sa trabaho.

Ayon kay Eleazar, dapat magpakita ang rider ng ID na mayroong home address.

Dapat ring nakasuot ng face mask at full face helmet ang magka-angkas habang bumibiyahe.

Ang mga lalabag sa mga nasabing patakaran ay maaaring patawan ng multa.

“Doon po sa walang barrier o walang helmet, yan po ay reckless driving. Iyan po ang katapat na sanction na inilibas ng DOTr through LTO ay may multa yan na P1,500 to P2,000 sa first offense; P3,000 sa second offense at P5,000 to P10,000 sa subsequent offenses,” ani Eleazar.

Kung ang sakay naman ng motorsiklo ay hindi APOR ay overloading of passenger ang magiging violation ng rider na may multang P1,000.

Samantala, ipinanukala naman ng Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines na dapat may kani-kaniyang helmet at hindi naghihiraman ang bawat iaangkas na kakilala ng rider.

“Basta ipatupad lang doon sa backride ‘yung helmet, full-faced or with shield, lahat naman ng helmet mayroon ‘yang shield eh,” ani Atoy Sta. Cruz, ang director for administration ng Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines.

Dapat rin aniya ay naka-long sleeves at nakasuot ng guwantes ang rider bilang dagdag-proteksyon.

“Tapos kailangan naka-long sleeve or jacket. I’m talking of backride ha, then naka gwantes siya, long pants. Mas maganda pang protection ‘yan kumpara sa PPE,” ang sabi ni Sta. Cruz.

“Basta pag-uwi lang ng magkasama sa motor, ‘yun lang damit nila labhan agad, ‘wag na ipasok sa loob ng bahay,” dagdag pa niya. – 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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