PNP: Over 700 police under observation for possible COVID-19 infection

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 26, 2020   •   880

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has announced that over 700 police officers are under observation for possible coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

According to PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa, 709 policemen are considered as persons under investigation (PUIs) while a police colonel and a patrolman already tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to this, Gamboa reminded policemen deployed in checkpoints to always wear personal protective equipment (PPEs) to prevent getting infected.

The PNP already implemented a ‘biosafety plan’ in all their camps to prevent the further spread of the virus among their ranks.

It includes a decontamination procedure for policemen who are manning the checkpoints.

Meanwhile, PNP Deputy Chief of Operations PLt.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar also advised the policemen stationed in checkpoints to also care for their safety while implementing the enhanced community quarantine.

“Lagi niyong tandaan na hindi dapat tayo ma-infect nito dahil kapag nangyari iyon, malaking problema kapag na-paralyze tayo (Always remember that we should not get infected because if that happens, it will become a huge problem if our operation is paralyzed),” he said.

He also reminded them not to let individuals from Metro Manila cross over the provinces. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP, may 2 buwang palugit sa pagpaparehistro ng expired na lisensya ng baril

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng magbigay ng dalawang buwang palugit ang Philippine National Police (PNP) para sa pagpaparehistro ng mga lisensya ng baril na nag-expire mula March 17 hanggang May 31 dahil sa community quarantine kaugnay ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon kay PNP chief General Archie Gamboa, wala ring ipapataw na penalty sa mga nag-expire na firearm licenses sa mga nabanggit na buwan.

“A month or two, we will recalibrate how fast also we can process kasi baka matambakan kami, sabihin namin mag renew kayo dapat within one month e hindi naman namin kaya ang workload so we have to revisit how many licenses have actually expired and what will be our rate in processing per day,” ani Gamboa.

Ayon sa hepe ng pambansang pulisya, sa June 4 na sisimulan ang processing ng aplikasyon at registration para sa lisensya ng baril kasabay ng muling pagbubukas ng frontline administrative functions at regulatory services ng PNP.

Maaaring iproseso ang aplikasyon para rito sa Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), One-Stop-Shop Office (OSS) and Regional Civil Security Units (RCSU) ng PNP.

Ngunit paalala ni Gamboa, by appointment ang gagawin upang malimitahan ang bilang ng aplikasyon kada araw.

“We will devise scheduling so that we can control the population in any of the different offices of the PNP… Kasi hindi naman kami exempted. We have to observe yung social distancing at mass gathering under GCQ (general community quarantine),” ani Gamboa.

Sa gate pa lang ng Camp Crame, kailangang mag-fill out ang aplikante ng contact tracing form na papipirmahan sa nakausap na tauhan ng PNP.

Iiwanan ito sa gate bago lumabas ng kampo.

Paliwanag ni Gamboa, layunin nito ang mapabilis ang contact tracing sakaling may magpositibo sa COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Operasyon ng PNP COVID-19 testing facility, simula na ngayong linggo

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Magsisimula na ngayong linggo ang operasyon ng sariling testing facility para sa novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ng Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ayon kay PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, binigyan na ito ng license to operate ng Department of Health (DOH) noon pang May 22.

Una nang sinabi ng PNP na ang Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) facility nito ay sinertipikahan ng Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) ng DOH bilang isang independent testing center.

Pansamantala itong ipu-puwesto sa PNP Crime Laboratory sa Camp Crame habang hindi pa tapos ang 84-square meter na pasilidad sa likod ng PNP Health Service.

Ayon kay Banac, prayoridad sa testing ang pulis na dumu-duty sa quarantine checkpoints at nagpapatupad ng seguridad sa Metro Manila.

Sa huling tala ng PNP Health Service, umabot na sa 263 ang bilang ng mga pulis na nag-positibo sa coronavirus disease.

Nasa 777 probable at 575 suspect cases naman ang binabantayan sa ngayon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP implements ‘modified checkpoints’ in EDSA to ease traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2020

The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has implemented ‘modified checkpoints’ along EDSA to ease traffic amid the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

According to HPG-National Capital Region (NCR) Chief PCol. Wilson Doromal, they had to remove the checkpoints along EDSA to make way for the Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR) that will flock reopened establishments.

“Baka kami ang maging cause ng traffic kung maglalagay tayo ng checkpoint dito along EDSA (We might become the cause of traffic if we installed checkpoints along EDSA),” he said.

He also said that the PNP-HPG has mobile checkpoints or 40 motorcycle drivers that are randomly deployed to monitor motorists. This is part of their ‘Oplan Habol’ to check if motorists follow quarantine protocols.

“Oplan Habol, ibig sabihin pag nai-spottan natin ang sasakyan, halimbawa iyong sasakyan overloading, hahabulin ng mga motorcycle iyan sa EDSA (Oplan Habol, meaning once authorities spotted an overloading vehicle, the motorcycles would run after them along EDSA),” Doromal said.

Violators will be issued with a temporary operator’s permit and will have their license confiscated.

Meanwhile, authorities in EDSA checkpoints will be moved to streets around Metro Manila including Commonwealth, Katipunan, Quezon Avenue, C-5 Quirino, Marcos Highway, and Roxas Boulevard,

The said authorities would man the checkpoints for 2 to 4 hours before moving to another location. –AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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