Police checkpoints sa NCR, aalisin na sa ilalim ng quarantine alert level 4 – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2021   •   265

MANILA, Philippines – Wala nang ilalagay na checkpoints sa National Capital Region (NCR) kapag sinimulan na ang pilot testing ng bagong quarantine alert levels system sa Huwebes, ayon sa Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ito ay dahil ipapakalat na ang mga pulis para magbantay sa mga barangay na isasailalim sa granular lockdown.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, inatasan na niya ang mga pulis na makipag-ugnayan sa mga lokal na pamahalaan upang malaman kung aling barangay sa kanilang nasasakupan ang ilalagay sa lockdown bunsod ng COVID-19.

Ngunit paglilinaw ng PNP, hindi pa rin naman mawawala ang mga pulis sa mga matataong lugar sa NCR para magbantay laban sa kriminalidad at terorismo.

Simula sa Huwebes ay isasailalim na sa alert level 4 ang NCR kung saan bawal lumabas ang mga taong may edad 18 pababa at 65 pataas. Hindi rin papayagang lumabas ang mga may co-morbidities at mga buntis.

Maaari namang lumabas ang mga residente kung bibili ng essential goods o kaya ay para sa essential services.

Limitado lang din ang papayagang capacity para sa indoor at al-fresco dining services pati na sa personal care services, at religious gatherings.

Sa ilalim ng alert levels system, maaaring ipatupad ang granular lockdown sa mga partikular na lugar na may mataas na COVID-19 cases gaya ng barangay o kaya ay isang gusali.

Ang maaari lamang lumabas sa ilalim ng polisiyang ito ay mga healthcare workers, mga may medical emergencies at mga paalis o pauwi na overseas Filipino workers.

Ayon kay Eleazar, hindi na bago ang pagpapatupad ng granular lockdown dahil ginagawa na ito sa ilang barangay sa NCR na may kumpul-kumpol na hawaan ng coronavirus disease.

PNP ready to assist in national rollout of COVID-19 pediatric vaccination – Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it is ready to secure and help in the government’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive for all minors, which is set to start next week.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has ordered all police units across the country to start security preparations for the national rollout of the vaccination for children aged 12 to 17 that may start as early as Nov. 3.

“Police commanders nationwide should get in touch with their LGUs to be able to effectively craft security plans with the aim of enforcing minimum public health standards and ensuring the safety of minors and their parents,” Eleazar said.

Police assets are also ready to assist in the national vaccination program in any capacity, including disseminating information and awareness on COVID-19 vaccines.

“The Medical Reserve Force is on standby and is ready for deployment to help facilitate the inoculation process should our LGUs require assistance in their local vaccination programs,” the PNP chief said.

The Philippine government is expecting to vaccinate around 12.7 million children aged 12 to 17.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the national government is eyeing to complete the vaccination of children within this age group by December.

7,000 kilos of endangered clams, hot lumber seized in Northern Samar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2021

A total of 7,000 kilograms of endangered fossilized and fresh clams, also known as taclobo, were confiscated in an operation in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.

In a statement, the PNP said the clams amounting to P490,000 were seized by operations from its maritime group in Barangay Cayhagan last Oct. 26.

The operation also yielded the arrest of two suspects.

In another operation, police officers seized hot lumber worth more than P400,000 at a checkpoint in Allen, Northern Samar.

The PNP said a 10-wheeler reefer van, driven by one Jan Richard Ballosa, contained the lumber.

The police arrested the driver after allegedly failing to show the necessary documents indicating he was authorized to transport more than 400 pieces of lumber.

Criminal charges against the suspects in the two incidents are already being readied, the PNP said.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar reminded the public about existing laws that aim to preserve the environment and the country’s natural resources.

“Kaakibat ng aming mandatong proteksyunan ang ating mga komunidad ang pangangalaga sa ating kalikasan. Malaking bagay ang pagkakasabat ng mga taclobo na kabilang sa endangered species sa ating bansa sa ilalim ng Republic Act 10654. Lalo rin natin paiigtingin ang kampanya kontra ilegal na pagtrotroso,” he said.

Eleazar said he has tasked all police offices to strengthen measures against individuals or even groups engaging in activities that violate environmental laws including poaching of endangered species, illegal quarrying and illegal logging.

DOH says HTAC recommendations on vaccine booster, third shots to be updated

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The recommendation of the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) on the implementation of COVID-19 vaccine boosters and third doses are still interim and will be updated, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.

In a statement, the DOH clarified that HTAC’s recommendations only serve as a guide to sectorial planning and will be revised pending assessment from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the amendment of Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

It will also be updated based on the recommendation from the World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (WHO SAGE) expected this November, it added.

The DOH earlier said the EUA of vaccines must first be amended to state the number of doses that must be administered as part of the series. A letter of intent for the application of the EUA has been submitted to the FDA.

The DOH said that the formal recommendation on boosters will have to be adapted into a policy with operational plans

While waiting for the guidelines on boosters, the DOH reiterated that reaching eligible unvaccinated individuals 12 years old and above should be prioritized.

“The primary series of vaccines far outweigh the incremental benefit of boosters. We have to prioritize giving the primary series of these COVID-19 vaccines to the unvaccinated so they, too, can receive the additional protection that vaccines provide against hospitalizations and deaths,” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

On the mixing and matching of vaccine brands for boosters, the department said that it will depend on FDA’s final assessment of the evidence submitted by the DOH All Experts Group.

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