PNP ready to assist in enforcing granular lockdown in Metro Manila beginning September 8
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it is prepared to assist in the pilot testing of the granular lockdown in Metro Manila which will begin on September 8.
PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he had given instructions to all police commanders in Metro Manila to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) regarding its enforcement to ensure the smooth flow of its implementation.
Based on the PNP data, there are 51 areas in Metro Manila that are currently under granular lockdown.
Eleazar said this is the national government’s solution to balance the reopening of the economy and the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“I urge the public to cooperate with measures and regulations that the government is imposing to stop the surge in COVID-19 cases. Kung hindi man para sa ating sarili ay sumunod tayo sa mga public health safety at quarantine protocols para sa kaligtasan at kalusugan ng ating mga mahal sa buhay (If not for ourselves, let us follow the public health safety and quarantine protocols for the safety and health of our loved ones),” he said.
On Monday (September 6), the national government announced that Metro Manila will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) from September 8 to 30.
The guidelines for the granular lockdown, meanwhile, still await the result of the review and approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. –AAC
PNP personnel may work near home this holiday season – Carlos
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel will be allowed to work near their homes this holiday season, police chief General Dionardo Carlos said.
In a statement, Carlos said he is giving police personnel the opportunity to be deployed near their residences to spend more time with the family.
“I am asking the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management to find a way for commissioned and non-commissioned officers to perform their duties away from their original assignments if needed,” Carlos said.
Under the scheme, police officers will be deployed to police stations which are nearest to their homes.
They can also serve as an augmentation force if there will be emergencies that will require their assistance.
The PNP chief noted that this work arrangement is not new since it was first implemented during the time of former PNP chief and now Senator Ronald Dela Rosa. The policy aims to boost the morale of police officers and put an end to the scene where children wait for their parents to come home during the holiday revelry.
“The policy of cancelled holiday vacation for police personnel will be sustained but at least they will have the opportunity to still spend Christmas with their families,” Carlos said.
PNP backs DOH’s recommendation to keep PH under COVID-19 Alert Level 2
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has expressed support to the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH) to keep the country under Alert Level 2 amid the declining cases of coronavirus infection.
In a statement, PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said the existing alert status in the country should not be downgraded yet due to the looming threat of the newly discovered Omicron COVID-19 variant.
“The time isn’t ripe yet since it’s the holiday season and we have observed more people becoming complacent to go outdoors, disregarding health protocol, and unmindful of the risks,” he said.
He also believes that a shift to a more relaxed quarantine level will affect the compliance of the public to minimum health standards.
Carlos, however, said that the PNP will abide by decision that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on the implementation of COVID-19 alert levels system.
“The local government units are vested the authority to issue Executive Orders that police personnel are duty bound to enforce,” he said.
Metro Manila is under Alert Level 2 until December 15. Other areas in the country have also been placed under the same level.
The DOH earlier said that the IATF is still discussing whether or not to lower the alert level in the capital region.
PNP, hindi magpapatupad ng ‘no vaccine, no entry’ rule sa police camps
MANILA, Philippines – Hindi magpapatupad ang Philippine National Police (PNP) ng “no vaccine, no entry” policy sa mga sibilyan na papasok sa mga kampo ng pulisya para mag-avail ng kanilang frontline services.
Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos, hindi ipinagbabawal ang pagpasok sa kampo ng mga hindi pa bakunadong sibilyan pero paaalalahanan silang palagiang sumunod sa health protocols.
Isasailalim lamang sa screening ang mga bisita at antigen test kung kinakailangan.
“We take their temperature, we do a survey if they have illness or anything that would show that they are infected. So mag-screen kami. After screening, they are okay, we remind them of the minimum health protocol, of the policies inside the camp and then if we need to conduct them antigen, then we screen them with the antigen para lang sigurado po tayo,” ani Carlos.
Kabilang sa frontline services ng PNP ay ang pag-iisyu ng license to own and possess firearms sa FEO, lisensya ng mga security guards at permit ng mga security agency sa SOSIA at clearance ng mga sasakyan sa Highway Patrol Group.
Nauna nang ipinahayag ng PNP ang gagawing pagpapatupad ng no jab, no duty policy sa kanilang mga tauhan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)