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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 26, 2020   •   525

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 to implement 50-50 work scheme due to COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement a 50-50 work scheme among personnel who are based at the national headquarters in Camp Crame.

This is due to the rising number of PNP personnel who have become patients under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM) of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

The 50-50 work scheme would use 50 percent or the first batch of personnel to go on duty at the administrative office until April 19 while the second batch will go on duty from April 20 to May 3.

According to a memorandum issued on April 4, the heads of offices/units with essential functions shall determine the work scheme applicable to the personnel, as long as they should observe a 14-day self-quarantine/isolation as part of the PNP’s health protocol.

“Maaaring magpatupad sila ng kani-kanilang scheduling para hindi naman maapektuhan ang ating normal functions,” said PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac.

Meanwhile, police personnel who are aged 45 years old and above will have to be pulled out from the checkpoint areas.

“Mas vulnerable sila sa COVID-19 (They are more vulnerable to COVID-19),” Banac said.

The PNP will also launch Admin Support to COVID-19 Task Force (ASCoTF) to ensure an organized and speedy logistics, response, and development of frontliners.

The PNP has already recorded 19 police personnel that tested positive for COVID-19 with two deaths.

The total number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) in the PNP has already reached more than 1,300. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP-ACG nabs fake doctor for selling overpriced, unregistered medical equipment

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) has arrested a fake doctor and her live-in partner for selling overpriced and unregistered medical equipment.

In a statement, the Regional ACG 4A arrested Tristan Joy Banaag Calip on Sunday (April 5) and her partner Jefferson Abundo Castillo for selling 20 boxes of China-made infrared thermometers for P4,500 a piece and 21 boxes of surgical masks for P1,500 per box.

The said medical equipment were found to be unregistered due to the lack of Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers.

“Aside from profiteering off heightened demand for medical equipment, Calip was found to be falsely representing herself as a medical doctor,” the PNP statement said.

The two will face charges for violation of The Price Act, The Consumer Act and Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

DICT, PNP to launch ‘Kontra Peke’ to combat fake news on COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are set to create Task Force COVID Kontra Peke” to prevent the spread of fake news on coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Task Force COVID Kontra Peke is a group tasked with preventing and reporting fake news.

According to DICT Assistant Secretary for Digital Philippines, Emmanuel Rey R. Caintic, the department is willing to lend their expertise to the PNP.

“We cannot take fake news lightly, as it threatens peace and order as well as safety of our society, especially during this time of national emergency,” he said.

The DICT’s Cybersecurity Bureau (CSB) through the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-PH) is charged with technical assistance on information sharing and analysis for the PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

PNP Deputy Chief Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar previously lamented the spread of fake news amid the COVID-19 threat in the country. He called on the public to refrain from proliferating misinformation and fake news on social media and other online platforms. AAC

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