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More cops to be deployed in public areas amidst the threat of COVID-19 Delta variant

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Due to the threat of a more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, on Sunday, July 18, announced that he ordered police chiefs to deploy additional personnel in public places to prevent mass gatherings which can be considered as super spreader events.
According to Eleazar, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año will require the PNP and other law enforcers to strengthen their visibility in public places to ensure that health protocols are observed and mass gatherings are prevented.
Eleazar said that he has instructed all police commanders throughout the country to intensify cooperation with the barangays in patrolling and vigilant against super-spreader events amid the threat of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
According to Eleazar, police commanders should regulate how many police officers are needed in securing public areas and other
establishments in their areas of responsibility and position them immediately. He added police and the local officials; especially barangay can work together for the implementation of protocols in ensuring that there is no mass gathering in their areas.
"I also warn the organizers of these activities that we will have no patience when you are caught violating because we will make sure that you face multiple cases," Eleazar said.
Meanwhile, Año cautioned that local chief executives will be accountable for the violations of health and safety protocols in their particular areas. He said that quarantine rules are being strictly enforced, following the local cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant being recorded in the country.
From May 31 to June 6, the DILG has recorded more than 64,000 health protocol violations.
Furthermore, Eleazar guaranteed that the PNP would strictly coordinate with the national government to determine how law enforcers could further strengthen the implementation of quarantine guidelines.

Last Modified: 2021-Jul-22 18.49.54 UTC+0800