Metro Manila Police to donate P100 each for Taal volcano eruption victims

Maris Federez   •   January 17, 2020   •   580

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will contribute Php100 each as their collective donation to the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.

NCRPO acting director Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas said, the Php100 contribution of each police personnel will be deducted from the Php3,000 combat duty allowance that President Rodrigo Duterte issues to them monthly.

The senior police officers, meanwhile, signified that they will donate the whole Php3,000 to the victims.

The NCRPO expects to collect a donation of not lower than Php2.5-Million.

“That is the effort of NCRPO to help and assist the evacuees of the Taal Volcano eruption,” Sinas said.

On the other hand, rather than collecting Php100 each from the 500 NCR police whose families are also victims of the earthquakes brought about by Taal’s explosion, the NCRPO will instead grant them Php10,000 each as financial aid.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 police from the Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF) stationed at Camp Crame will be deployed to Cavite and Batangas to give assistance to the victims and maintain security in the areas affected by the Taal explosion.

According to PLtGen. Guillermo Eleazar who heads the PNP Directorial Staff, the said police personnel will augment Police Calabarzon who had been deployed in the area for several days now.

“Yung mga pulis na nagbabantay doon since noong Linggong ito ay meron silang mga kamag anak at pamilya na naapektuhan din ng kalamidad dahil doon sila naka assign at doon din sila nakatira most of them. Kaya mas maganda na halinhan muna ang mga ito ng mga tropa natin galing sa NHQ, para sila ay makabalik sa kanilang mga bayan at pamilya at matulungan naman,” Eleazar said.

The said augmentation force who were issued face masks, goggles, and Php500 per day food allowance will stay in their assignments for three days and will be replaced on Monday by another batch of RSSF police. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

NCRPO: Quarantine pass, face masks not mandatory in supermarkets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reiterated that quarantine passes and face masks are not required in entering supermarkets or grocery stores.

NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas clarified the Inter-Agency Task Force has no directive mandating customers to have quarantines passes and face masks before entering supermarkets.

“Hindi po iyan license or ID para bumili ka. Ang bilihan po ay para sa lahat (That is not a license or ID so you can buy. Everyone is free to shop),” Sinas said.

Sinas said they have been receiving reports about customers who were barred from entering supermarkets because they do not have a quarantine pass or were not wearing face masks.

The NCRPO official advised to immediately report similar incidents in the nearest police station. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

NCRPO confirms first COVID-19 case in Manila Police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 24, 2020

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday (March 24) confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manila Police District (MPD).

In a statement, the NCRPO said the first confirmed COVID-19 case was considered as person under investigation (PUI) last March 17.

NCRPO Chief PMGen. Debold Sinas immediately ordered to disinfect and decontaminate the station where the confirmed case was assigned.

“As soon as the decontamination takes place, other police officers will take over the duties and responsibilities of the station while the colleagues are considered PUIs,” Sinas said.

Sinas also said they are already conducting contact tracing of those who had contact with the NCRPO patient.

“We will advise them for home quarantine until March 28,” he said.

“We are also human beings susceptible to COVID-19. And as law enforcers, we are facing higher risks of exposure to this pathogen as part of our pledge to serve and protect our fellowmen,” he added.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Phivolcs lowers Taal Volcano alert to level 1

UNTV News   •   March 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Thursday said it has downgraded the alert on Taal Volcano to level 1 following the decrease in volcanic quakes and surface activity at the main crater.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the Taal Volcano’s condition in the succeeding four weeks after its alert was lowered to level 2, has been characterized by low-level volcanic earthquake activity, stabilizing ground deformation of the Taal Caldera and the Taal Volcano Island edifices, and weak surface activity at the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure.

“DOST-PHIVOLCS is lowering the alert status of Taal Volcano from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1 to reflect the overall decreasing trend in the level of monitoring parameters,” its bulletin reads.

State volcanologists said that alert level 1 means that the volcano is still in “abnormal condition,” and that this “should not be interpreted that unrest has ceased or that the threat of an eruption has disappeared.”

Under alert level 1, sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within the Taal Volcano Island.

The alert level may be raised back to alert level 2 “should pronounced change in monitored parameters forewarn of renewed unrest,” Phivolcs said.

The agency reminded residents that entry to Taal’s permanent danger zone, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, remains strictly prohibited. 

The Taal Volcano was placed under alert level 4 when it spewed ash on January 12 which sent thousands of residents to temporary shelters and disrupted businesses in surrounding areas.

It was later lowered to alert level 2 several weeks later due to decreased unrest. — ROBIE DE GUZMAN

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