PNP chief Eleazar orders cops to strictly enforce health protocols in PUVs

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2021   •   260

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar, has directed police forces to ensure the strict implementation of public health protocols in public utility vehicles (PUV) amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.

Eleazar said police forces, particularly from the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and those assigned to man border control points have already been instructed to issue traffic violation tickets to the operators and drivers of PUVs especially at the National Capital Region and the adjacent provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, and Cavite.

“We will be very strict in the implementation of this as part of our efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Kaya pinapaalalahanan natin ang mga operator at driver ng mga pampublikong sasakyan na umayos kayo kung ayaw ninyong mahuli,” Eleazar said in a statement.

Under a memorandum issued to the Director of the HPG and the Regional Directors of NCRPO, PRO3, and PRO4A, violators will be issued with temporary operators permit (TOPs), official violator’s receipt (OVR), and traffic citation tickets.

“This pertains to the reports received by the Directorate (for Operations), which disclosed unabated incidents of overloading, violations of minimum public health standards, and violations of allowed passenger capacity as prescribed by the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) and DoTr’s guidelines committed by public utility buses and jeepneys, particularly in NCR Plus areas,” the memorandum read.

Eleazar said those manning the quarantine control points in Metro Manila and four adjacent provinces will be provided with the TOPs, OVRs and TCTs since part of their job is to check if the passing PUVs are complying with the rules on allowed passenger capacity and the minimum public health standards.

These tickets will be issued if policemen would accost any passenger who does not properly wear face masks, and if the PUVs are carrying passengers more than the maximum allowed passengers, he added.

HPG personnel, on the other hand, will be conducting random checks in Metro Manila and nearby provinces and were tasked to do the same.

Aside from the issuance of citation tickets, police forces manning the border control points will also inspect all passing buses and jeepneys to ensure that the no travel policy on non-APOR (Authorized Persons Outside Residence) is implemented.

“So we are appealing to the drivers to ensure that their passengers are complying with these rules dahil kayo ang magdudusa kapag nahuli kayo. Kayo ang boss ng mga bus at jeepney na minamaneho ninyo kaya obligasyon ninyo na tiyakin na sumusunod sa mga patakaran ang inyong mga pasahero,” Eleazar said.

PNP chief Eleazar orders probe into Maguindanao blast

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Monday said he has directed the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to conduct a deeper probe into a grenade blast that occurred in Maguindanao last Saturday, Oct. 23.

In a statement, Eleazar said police investigators should look into the possible motive and perpetrators of the incident, which is said to be targeting Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

“Our police investigators should not leave any stone unturned in determining the motive and identifying the perpetrator of the grenade blast. Lahat ng anggulo ay ating titingnan sa insidenteng ito,” he said.

The PNP said the blast transpired just as a convoy of some 20 to 30 vehicles of Mangudadatu and his group were passing near a Philippine Army detachment in Guindulungan, Maguindanao.

Initial information stated that a hand grenade was thrown towards the direction of the military detachment, which then exploded.

“Isa lang sa maraming posibleng motibo sa insidente ang sinasabing pagtarget kay Maguindanao Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu ng pagpapasabog. Maaari rin kasing nagkataon lang na dumaan ang convoy ni Rep. Mangudadatu nang naganap ang insidente,” Eleazar said.

“Pero agad makikipag-ugnayan ang ating mga imbestigador sa kongresista pati na rin sa mga sundalong nakatalaga sa Army detachment para kumuha pa ng ibang detalye,” he added.

Mangudadatu is eyeing the gubernatorial post of the province in the 2022 national and local elections.

Meanwhile, Eleazar ordered all police units and offices in the region to remain vigilant and to work with the military to prevent any attacks from lawless elements, especially during this election season.

 

PNP to closely monitor cemeteries, columbaria ahead of Undas – Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will closely monitor cemeteries nationwide ahead of the observance of the Catholic community’s Undas.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has directed police personnel to be prepared for the arrival of people in cemeteries, memorial parks, or columbaria during Undas on November 1 and 2.

Eleazar said they are expecting people to visit these areas before November to avoid crowds.

“Inaasahan natin ang maagang pagbisita ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga pumanaw na mahal sa buhay. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na maging alerto at siguraduhing nasusunod ang ating minimum health standards,” he said.

“Dapat matiyak na walang mangyayaring super spreader event sa mga sementeryo,” he added.

The PNP chief’s directive comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ordered for the closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 2.

Eleazar also reminded the public to strictly abide by health and safety protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

Ilang pasyalan sa Metro Manila bukas na sa publiko pero mga bata, bawal sa ilang parke

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Bukas na sa publiko ang ilang pasyalan sa Metro Manila kasunod ng pagsasailalim sa rehiyon sa COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

Kabilang sa mga binuksang pasilidad ay ang Quezon Memorial Circle, kung saan pinapayagan ang pagpasok ng mga bata basta’t may kasamang magulang o adult guardian.

Maaari ring kumain sa parke at bukas ang playground para sa mga batang gustong maglaro.

May mga nag-iikot namang security personnel upang masegurong nasusunod ng mga bisita ang ipinatutupad na public health protocols.

Malawak ang Quezon Memorial Circle at maaari itong pagdarausan ng individual exercise.

Bukas ang lugar mula alas-5 ng umaga hanggang alas-8 ng gabi.

Sa Maynila naman, bukas rin ang Luneta at Paco Park mula alas-5 ng umaga para sa mga nais mamasyal at mag-ehersisyo sa liwasan.

Ngunit ayon sa National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), bawal pa rin ang pagpasok sa Rizal Park ng mga menor de edad kahit sila ay mag-e-ehersisyo.

“Sa ngayon po, dahil po sa IATF guidelines ay hindi po muna natin ina-allow ang mga bata sa parks and then, yung pagdating naman din po sa pagkain, hindi pa rin po nag-a-allow ng picnic po sa park,” ang paliwanag ni Florizza Buclatin, ang chief of staff ng NPDC.

Sa Intramuros, tumatanggap na rin ng bisita ang Baluarte de San Diego at Fort Santiago pero bawal pa rin ang mga menor de edad.

Bukas ang Fort Santiago mula alas-9 ng umaga hanggang alas-7 ng gabi habang ang Baluarte de San Diego naman ay bukas mula alas-9 ng umaga hanggang alas-6 ng gabi.

Bukas ang mga pasyalang ito, bakunado man o hindi kontra COVID-19.

Paalala ng mga otoridad sa mga bisita, kailangan pa ring nakasuot ng face mask, iwasan ang overcrowding at panatilihin ang physical distancing. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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