MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it has directed all provincial police offices across the country to prepare for the implementation of the COVID-19 Alert Levels System in other regions.
In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said provincial police offices should ascertain that its personnel on the ground are well-informed of the regulations under each alert levels.
This is to ensure the orderly imposition of protocols and to avoid confusion among the public.
“Kasama ang inyong Philippine National Police sa natutuwa sa unti-unting pagbabalik sa normal ng sitwasyon sa ating bansa,” Eleazar said.
“But this will not be the reason for us to lower our guard because as the national government plans to expand the easing of restrictions beyond Metro Manila, I have already issued instructions to all our unit commanders to fully prepare for this in their respective areas of responsibility in order to ensure that this will not result in super spreader events,” he added.
The national government earlier announced that the COVID-19 Alert Level System being piloted in Metro Manila will be expanded outside the region from October 20 to October 31.
This came as protocols in Metro Manila were somehow eased and more establishments have been allowed to operate due to declining number of infections across the metro.
As announced by Malacañang, Negros Oriental and Davao Occidental will be under Alert Level 4 while those under Alert Level 3 include Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Siquijor, Davao City and Davao del Norte.
Areas under Alert Level 2 are Batangas, Quezon, Lucena City, Bohol, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Cebu, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
Eleazar appealed to the public to cooperate and comply with the rules being implemented to ensure their safety amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.
“Inaasahan din namin sa PNP na magkakaroon ng disiplina ang ating mga kababayan upang manatiling alerto upang matiyak ang kanilang kaligtasan dahil nananatiling banta ang COVID-19 lalo na kung hindi tayo mag-iingat at ipagsasawalang-bahala ang mga sakrispisyong ating nagawa sa mahigit isang taon ng pandemya,” he said.