The National Capital Region Police Office as front liners plays a key role in protecting those tasked with mitigation and response efforts and assisting the Health Department in fully implementing guidelines and policies regarding Community Quarantine to protect the community from the deadly pandemic.
No one is invincible to the disease, not even the law enforcers, thus, PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS tirelessly inspects the Quarantine Control Points (QCP) where policemen are deployed in the different boarders of Metro Manila. As much as Metro Cops want to reduce, prevent and halt the spread of the disease, PMGEN SINAS also gives emphasis on their protection and welfare while performing duties.
“I have ordered additional gears for their complete protection. All NCRPO personnel manning the checkpoint has to bring their respective PONCHOS (raincoats) to protect them both from virus and in case there is rain while they are on. I also instructed all commanders to provide our deployed personnel with thermal scanner. I also encouraged my men to make an improvised headgear, to attach an acetate to their lousy hats to cover their faces when taking body temperature. Portalets will also be placed in areas near QCPs for our personnel’s concvenience,” PMGEN SINAS added.
Further, all uniformed personnel ages 54 years old and above and those with existing medical conditions except those holding key positions shall render administrative duty and shall be exempted from field ditoes effective March 16, 2020.
All non-uniformed personnel ages 50 years old and above except those holding supervisory positions are exempted from duty effective March 15, 2020 provided that they must report daily to their immediate supervisor via Viber to state their health condition and situation in their respective locality.
In addition to these, all pregnant personnel are excused from duties and they shall stay in their respective homes/residences. They shall submit medical certificate from RHS/DHS doctors and their admin officers shall account them daily thru video calls and viber.
PMGEN SINAS guarantees that Metropolitan police will serve the public to whatever extent. “We appeal to the public for your cooperation. Do not underestimate Covid-19’s ability to spread rapidly and exponentially. Policemen together with all the front liners have families who wish for them to go home safely as well. Everybody have sacrifices and some have sacrificed much more in this fight against this COVID 19.”
Way forward, NCRPO conducted research on the best practices of countries heavily affected by the covid-19 and is currently assessing whether these are applicable for recommendation in our country.
The Singapore authorities undertook especially intensive efforts to trace the contacts of people known to be infected. Hospital staff went to great lengths to interview patients about their recent whereabouts; when information was unclear or unavailable, the Ministry of Health retrieved additional data from transport companies and hotels, including by consulting CCTV footage. Travelers coming from affected areas were placed under mandatory quarantine.
Also in Singapore, a special government task force recently recommended five personal hygiene habits:
using a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
using designated serving spoons during group meals;
using trays when eating or drinking to limit contamination in case of spills
keeping public toilets clean and dry;
and regular hand washing.
While according to sources in China, face masks must always be worn or else they can’t ride in taxis, take public transportation, or enter any business. Temperature readings are mandatory upon entering an office building. People with slight high temperature get sent straight to quarantine.
One widely praised policy in Macau was a rationing system by Macau to prevent people from hoarding surgical masks. Residents could only buy a maximum of 10 masks every 10 days at designated pharmacies.
Taiwanese authorities also oversaw the controlled distribution of surgical masks in Taiwan.
PMGEN SINAS believes that with the cooperation and discipline of everybody in adhering to the government’s policies, just like the other countries, Philippines will surmount the challenge of this pandemic crisis.