AFP, PNP provide free ride to commuters amid limited public transport

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2020   •   228

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have deployed buses and trucks to help transport stranded commuters after Metro Manila shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1.

PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said they sent three police trucks from Camp Crame to Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, Navotas, and Bacoor, Cavite to assist employees returning to work on the first day of Metro Manila’s transition to GCQ.

“Naging maayos at mapayapa at ito ay magandang panimula subalit may mga natanggap din tayo na ulat ng traffic build up at congestion at mga pedestrians at essential workers na hindi nakasakay,” Banac said.

“Agad nagpalabas ng kautusan si PNP chief PGen. Archie Gamboa sa ating mga units na tumulong na magsakay ng mga stranded na essentials workers, maging ang mga PNP Trucks natin ay pinalabas din upang makapaghatid ng mga manggagawa sa kani kanilang destination,” he added.

The military, for its part, deployed six trucks to Batasan and Philcoa areas in Quezon City to augment limited public transport.

“AFP Chief General Filemon Santos Jr. commits to continue to provide commuter assistance in coordination with MMDA to alleviate the concerns of the riding public,” AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said.

Arevalo assured that other military vehicles are on standby for dispatch when requested by authorities. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

MGCQ not yet possible in NCR – Malacañang

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Community quarantine measures may not be relaxed yet in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez.

Galvez said areas with high cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are likely to remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) if the situation will not improve.

He noted the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the NCR and the region’s hospital occupancy has already reached 70% in the past five days.

On July 15, the existing community quarantine measures across the country will lapse and President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce the government’s decision as to which quarantine restriction should the NCR be placed beginning July 16.

However, Malacañang said the numbers cannot yet justify Metro Manila’s shift from GCQ to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). 

“Datos po ang tinitingnan natin. Kung tayo po ay magluluwag, siguro po at this point, the data does not indicate na pwedeng magluwag at least sa Metro Manila, para lang po to manage expectations [We are looking into data. If we are to ease (restrictions) at this point, the data does not indicate that we can ease at least in Metro Manila, just to manage expectations],” explained Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Galvez also stressed that even Metro Manila mayors recommended retaining the GCQ in their respective areas or implementing hybrid status which means opening all businesses while observing safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Galvez noted, however, that there are other areas where stricter quarantine restrictions will be imposed starting July 16. 

Mayroon pong nag-escalate, at mga area na ito ay nakita nating nagkaroon ng new cases at spikes [There are areas that escalated. And these areas are where new cases and spikes were reported],” Galvez concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Mga lumalabag sa curfew at iba pang ordinansa sa gitna ng pandemya, huhulihin ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Philippine National Police (PNP) na huhulihin ang mga lumalabag sa mga lokal na ordinansa kasabay ng pagpapaigting ng anti-criminality campaign nito sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic.

Sinabi ni PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa na bukod sa pagsawata sa krimen, babantayan rin nila ang mga sumusuway sa mga ordinansa ng bawat lungsod gaya ng curfew hours, pagbabawal sa paninigarilyo, at pag-iinuman sa labas ng bahay, at paglabas ng walang pang-itaas na damit.

Maging ang mga lumalabag sa minimum health protocols gaya ng hindi pagsusuot ng face mask at kawalan ng physical distancing ay huhulihin din.

“Yes we will apprehend and file appropriate case,” ani Gamboa.

Paliwanag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya, layunin nito na mabawasan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease sa gitna na rin ng dumaraming bilang ng kaso nito sa bansa.

“This is a national concern na dapat tulong-tulong tayo. So, sana huwag na pasaway para wala na kami hulihin,” sabi ni Gamboa.

Umaasa ang PNP chief na paiiralin ng publiko ang disiplina at susundin ang mga ipinatutupad na batas at ordinansa sa bansa sa gitna ng kinakaharap na krisis sa kalusugan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Cops infected with COVID-19 now over 1,000 – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The number of police officers who have tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has climbed to 1,006, figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.

The PNP Health Service said 25 additional infections have been reported but there were no new deaths so the total fatalities remains at nine.

A total of 455 cops have recovered from the viral respiratory disease.

The PNP Health Service said it is also monitoring 651 probable cases and 1,252 suspected cases of COVID-19.

The Philippines has so far recorded a total of 51,745 COVID-19 infections, with 12,813 recovered patients and 1,314 fatalities. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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