PNP medical reserve is ready to respond to ECQ vaccine requests
General Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), on Sunday ordered the deployment of the Medical Reserve Force (MRF) to assist in the vaccination process during the reintroduction of the enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region due to the threat of the Delta variant.
Eleazar said that the MRF is prepared to assist as extra personnel in the vaccine rollout after the Metro Manila Council indicated its willingness to inoculate 250,000 people each day during the ECQ, which will take place from Aug. 6 to August 20, 2018.
In a statement, Eleazar stated the Philippine National Police’s Medical Reserve Force will be ready should they be called upon to assist in the vaccination procedure throughout the two-week exercise.
A vaccination strategy and a contingency plan for the vaccination have been developed by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), according to the Mayor of Washington.
The president said, “Let us prepare the PNP assets if and when it becomes necessary for the transportation of vaccinations in different locations.”
Eleazar said that the proposal to put Metro Manila under the tightest quarantine measure, which was authorized by President Rodrigo Duterte, is a necessary intervention to safeguard the public from the more virulent form of Covid-19, which has been identified.
During the implementation of the ECQ, only necessary travel and services would be permitted in Metro Manila and surrounding areas.
Eleazar also assigned relevant police commanders the responsibility of coordinating with local government officials, particularly barangay executives, in order to address the vaccination procedure at the Extraordinary Council of the Philippines.
According to Eleazar, he has already instructed the NCRPO chief, Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., to ensure that all quarantine restrictions that have been implemented previously, such as the deployment of an appropriate number of PNP personnel and coordination with Local Government Units for force multipliers, will be in place during that period.
He said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) would ensure that the minimum public health safety procedures and other quarantine regulations are rigorously enforced in order to confine the Delta variant in communities, public utility vehicles, mass transit systems, and even commercial premises.
Eleazar urged the PNP personnel to be polite at all times and to respect the rights of the people, particularly while dealing with violations of the rules of engagement.
According to Eleazar, “the fight against the Covid-19 virus and all of its variants” is not only the responsibility of those in government, but it is also an obligation shared by everyone. “Our first line of defense is to always be mindful of our own and our family’s safety — and to take advantage of the free vaccinations as soon as they become available to you,” he says.
To ensure that only Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) are permitted to travel in and out of NCR Plus, the Department of the Interior and Local Government has directed the Joint Task Force COVID Shield to activate the Quarantine Control Points at the boundaries of NCR Plus on Sunday, effective immediately.
Minister of the Interior, Eduardo M. Ao, has ordered Lt. Gen. Israel Dickson, commander of JTF COVID Shield, to activate all quarantine control posts (QCPs) along the boundaries of NCR Plus in Cavite and the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal.
It is his understanding that the PNP will only allow APORs to pass and will recognize them if they have valid IATF-EID IDs issued by regulatory agencies, and if they have valid IDs or pertinent documentation issued by establishments that are permitted to operate under the current quarantine classification, according to him.
Those who are discovered to be unauthorized individuals outside of the house will not be permitted to pass and will be asked to return to their residences, according to him.
According to him, “the installation of tight border restrictions in the NCR Plus regions is essential to halting the spread of the Delta variant.”
The PNP has also been reminded to enable the unrestricted movement of cargo/delivery trucks, particularly those transporting food, through all QCPs, since they are critical to the economy.
“We have directed all QCPs to ensure that cargo trucks and delivery vehicles are able to pass freely through all of our checkpoints,” he added.
In accordance with Ao’s instruction, Eleazar instructed police officers manning QCPs to guarantee that cargo vans and vehicles transporting vital commodities were able to travel freely throughout the lockdown period.
As stated by Ao, any breach of the restrictions may be seen as non-cooperation on the part of the person or entity, which is punished under Section 9 of Republic Act 11332, also known as the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Public Health Events Act.”