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In the face of Omicron, PNP advocates for stronger adherence to health protocols.

After the government reported two cases of the Omicron form of the coronavirus illness 2019 on Thursday, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos encouraged the public to maintain minimal public health standards (Covid-19).

Carlos emphasized the importance of wearing protective equipment such as face masks and face shields at all times, especially in public areas, as well as maintaining strict physical distance and personal hygiene.

“These efforts promote a sense of personal responsibility among the population, including vaccination, which is the ultimate game-changer in this health disaster,” Carlos said in a statement.

Carlos further cautioned the public not to take these standards lightly in order to avoid getting cited for infractions and to ensure safer travel this holiday season.

“Since the country’s implementation of Alert Level 2 was extended through the end of December, the same quarantine process would be followed.” However, as Christmas approaches, more individuals are venturing outside to complete their holiday shopping. “We can’t afford to be complacent right now,” Carlos remarked.

He noted that the PNP will continue to do its job of ensuring peace and order by enforcing quarantine standards.

This occurred after the PNP recorded zero new Covid-19 instances among PNP personnel on Thursday, while three additional cases were recovered, bringing the total number of active cases to only 25, the majority of which are mild to moderate.

Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced that no untoward incidents occurred in the region during the opening of the traditional Simbang Gabi.

“Security personnel were stationed in almost all of our churches. On the sidelines of the Marikina River Patrol’s debut on Thursday, NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. told reporters, “This is to ensure that churchgoers are appropriately safeguarded against any criminal element who would take advantage.”

According to the NCRPO’s surveillance, about 61,000 worshippers attended Masses in 313 places of worship, while 3,000 cops and 11,000 force multipliers were deployed to preserve order and security, as well as ensure compliance with minimal health regulations.

“In accordance with our Ligtas Kapaskuhan kung makikita ninyo, we’ve been implementing yung ating health protocols since day one, and hindi po magsasagawa yung ating kapulisan na mag implement at mag-remind sa ating mga kababayan na yung very basic wearing of face mask should always be there, and yung (Our

Criminal elements involved in common crimes such as mugging, swindling, gang fights, robbery and theft, and burglary of unattended dwellings would also be on the watch, he added.

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