PNP: Over 700 police under observation for possible COVID-19 infection

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 26, 2020   •   558

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has announced that over 700 police officers are under observation for possible coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

According to PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa, 709 policemen are considered as persons under investigation (PUIs) while a police colonel and a patrolman already tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to this, Gamboa reminded policemen deployed in checkpoints to always wear personal protective equipment (PPEs) to prevent getting infected.

The PNP already implemented a ‘biosafety plan’ in all their camps to prevent the further spread of the virus among their ranks.

It includes a decontamination procedure for policemen who are manning the checkpoints.

Meanwhile, PNP Deputy Chief of Operations PLt.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar also advised the policemen stationed in checkpoints to also care for their safety while implementing the enhanced community quarantine.

“Lagi niyong tandaan na hindi dapat tayo ma-infect nito dahil kapag nangyari iyon, malaking problema kapag na-paralyze tayo (Always remember that we should not get infected because if that happens, it will become a huge problem if our operation is paralyzed),” he said.

He also reminded them not to let individuals from Metro Manila cross over the provinces. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases among PNP reaches 22

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2020

There are now 22 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said additional three police officers assigned in Metro Manila were added to the list.

Out of the total number, two have died while two others have recovered from the virus.

There are 299 PNP members who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) while 1,374 are under monitoring.

Meanwhile, PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa will again undergo self-quarantine for 14 days after being exposed to three individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP to implement 50-50 work scheme due to COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement a 50-50 work scheme among personnel who are based at the national headquarters in Camp Crame.

This is due to the rising number of PNP personnel who have become patients under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM) of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

The 50-50 work scheme would use 50 percent or the first batch of personnel to go on duty at the administrative office until April 19 while the second batch will go on duty from April 20 to May 3.

According to a memorandum issued on April 4, the heads of offices/units with essential functions shall determine the work scheme applicable to the personnel, as long as they should observe a 14-day self-quarantine/isolation as part of the PNP’s health protocol.

“Maaaring magpatupad sila ng kani-kanilang scheduling para hindi naman maapektuhan ang ating normal functions,” said PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac.

Meanwhile, police personnel who are aged 45 years old and above will have to be pulled out from the checkpoint areas.

“Mas vulnerable sila sa COVID-19 (They are more vulnerable to COVID-19),” Banac said.

The PNP will also launch Admin Support to COVID-19 Task Force (ASCoTF) to ensure an organized and speedy logistics, response, and development of frontliners.

The PNP has already recorded 19 police personnel that tested positive for COVID-19 with two deaths.

The total number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) in the PNP has already reached more than 1,300. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP-ACG nabs fake doctor for selling overpriced, unregistered medical equipment

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) has arrested a fake doctor and her live-in partner for selling overpriced and unregistered medical equipment.

In a statement, the Regional ACG 4A arrested Tristan Joy Banaag Calip on Sunday (April 5) and her partner Jefferson Abundo Castillo for selling 20 boxes of China-made infrared thermometers for P4,500 a piece and 21 boxes of surgical masks for P1,500 per box.

The said medical equipment were found to be unregistered due to the lack of Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers.

“Aside from profiteering off heightened demand for medical equipment, Calip was found to be falsely representing herself as a medical doctor,” the PNP statement said.

The two will face charges for violation of The Price Act, The Consumer Act and Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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