PNP: health protocols against COVID-19 will still be strictly applied during alert level 1

This file photo shows members of the Philippine National Police. Photo of the PNP

MANILA, Philippines — Police officers will continue to strictly enforce health protocols like physical distancing and wearing face masks in areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 1.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) issued the reminder on Monday, as the national government said Metro Manila and 38 other regions across the country will be placed on Alert Level 1 from March 1. COVID-19 Alert Level 1 imposes the most relaxed restrictions. against the pandemic.

“Even in areas under Alert Level 1, the PNP will continue to ensure compliance with minimum public health standards such as physical distancing, use of personal protection and restrictions on crowds in public places” , said PNP Public Information Office Chief Brig. General Roderick Alba said in a statement.

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, PNP checkpoints for health protocol screening will now be disabled, Alba said, but checkpoints set up with the Electoral Commission for the May 9 elections will remain operational. .

“Quarantine checkpoints are disabled in areas under Alert Level 1 following the lifting of restrictions on intra-area and inter-area travel,” he said.

“However, PNP checkpoints co-located with these quarantine checkpoints will remain operational for law enforcement and crime fighting operations; and the implementation of the electoral ban on firearms and the use of unauthorized security forces imposed by Comelec,” he explained.

Alba also said PNP leader General Dionardo Carlos also directed the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and its chief, Major General Vicente Danao, to coordinate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and other traffic management agencies like the Inter-Agency Traffic Council (I-ACT) and local government units as they expect traffic volume to increase below the level of alert 1.

“In anticipation of the expected large volume of commuter and vehicular traffic in Metro Manila starting tomorrow (March 1), the Chief of the PNP, Police General Dionardo B Carlos, has asked the Regional Director of the NCRPO, PMGEN Vicente Danao Jr. to coordinate closely with MMDA and I-ACT to further streamline traffic enforcement operations and ensure smooth implementation of regulations on passenger limits in a public conveyance,” Alba said.

On Sunday, February 27, Malacañang said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) had approved proposals to place Metro Manila under Alert Level 1 from March 1-15. .

This means that more establishments would be allowed to open or accommodate more customers and guests, while public transport could operate at full capacity.

In addition to Metro Manila, the following areas will be under COVID-19 Alert Level 1 from March 1:

Luzon

Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Kalinga, Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela, Quirino, Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Tarlac , Cavite, Laguna, Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City, Romblon, Naga City and Catanduanes

Visayas

Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Siquijor and Biliran

Mindanao

Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin and Davao City

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