Awareness is often regarded as the key indicator of success in a range of performance environments. It is one of the most important ingredients because it is where every successful task and undertaking begins.
Amid the current fight against COVID-19, reputable organizations like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) leads the initiation of efforts to promote the facts about the virus and counter falsehoods.
In support of this endeavor, the National Capital Region Police Office under the leadership of PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS, together with PLTCOL RUBY GRACE DIANGSON, MD, Medico-Legal Officer, Team Leader of NCRPO Quick Response Team (QRT) and PLTCOL LOI SOLOMON GARCIA M.D (Ret.) Analyst/Specialist, Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease continuously conduct ‘Intensified Awareness Campaign Against COVID-19’ to NCRPO personnel in different police districts and stations.
Among the stations visited for the campaign were the Quezon City Police District particularly Police Stations 1 to 10 and Police Station 12 from May 18, 19 & 20; the Eastern Police District particularly Marikina City Police Station, Pasig City Police Station, Mandaluyong City Police Station & San Juan City Police Station on May 21, 2020; and the Northern Police District particularly Valenzuela City Police Station, Malabon City Police Station, Navotas City Police Station and Caloocan City Police Station on May 22, 2020.
During the series of lectures, PLTCOL RUBY GRACE DIANGSON, MD, discussed the procedural precautions directives and guidelines against COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) Advisories, safety measures during the modified enhanced community quarantine, the “New Normal” in workplaces and at home, Precautionary measures such as the strict implementation of physical distancing, frequent hand washing and disinfection, wearing of facemask and eye protector were extremely encouraged to be practiced by every police officer as the first line of protection to prevent from being infected by COVID-19. Finally, the importance of boosting one’s immune system and psychosocial health support were emphasized to maintain a healthy physical and psychological condition amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, PLTCOL LOI SOLOMON GARCIA, MD (Ret.) discussed the importance of hazard control in workplaces including the Hierarchy of Control composed of Elimination, Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls and PPE. The lecture focuses on the procedure on how to reduce or minimize the frontliner’s exposure to infectious diseases like COVID-19.
This campaign aims to enhance the knowledge of each and every police personnel on how to prevent the spread of the virus in order to boost their confidence as they serve and protect the community.
“Amid the increasing number of those infected by the disease, we would like to boost the confidence of our men in the frontline on how to better address issues relative to this phenomenon. We would like to arm them with the necessary awareness to fight the “unseen enemy”. It is imperative especially during these trying times that our frontliners know the kind of enemy at hand,” PMGEN SINAS said.