MANILA, Philippines — Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has confirmed asking the Philippine National Police (PNP) to suspend its training.
During a virtual public briefing on Tuesday (July 13), Magalong said that he asked PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar to suspend the police training in Baguio City amid the surge of COVID-19 cases among the members of the PNP.
Magalong reported that minimum health protocols such as physical distancing and wearing of masks are not being strictly followed.
“Pinahinto ko. Sabi ko sa kaniya stop muna ang training ng Philippine National Police dito sa syudad ng Baguio. Maraming violation ng minimum public health standards, nakita rin namin na walang maayos na physical distancing. Pati iyong kanilang sports activities, pagkatapos ng kanilang sports activities wala nang nagma-mask,” he said.
(I had it suspended. I told [Eleazar] to stop the training of the Philippine National Police in Baguio. There were many violations of the minimum public health standards. We also noted the the lack of physical distancing. Even during their sports activities, people are no longer wearing a mask by the end of the event.)
Likewise, the training of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Baguio has also been suspended due to non-compliance to minimum health standards.
The Baguio City mayor reiterated that if the PNP and BFP cannot comply with the minimum health standard implemented in Baguio City, training will remain suspended.
COVID-19 transmission was reported in the training site of the BFP which prompted the mayor to come up with the decision.
“It’s about time that we have a strong stand, strong message that if you cannot with the minimum health standards in the City of Baguio, we will never accept any PNP training,” Magalong said.
“Both training ng PNP at BFP ipinahinto muna, indefinitely hanggang makita ko talaga na they are very compliant with the minimum public health standards,” he added.
(Both trainings of the PNP and BFP are suspended, indefinitely until we see that they are very compliant with the minimum public health standards.) AAC