MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Tuesday a temporary ban on all foreign travels for its personnel amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Acting PNP spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Benigno Durana Jr., said the order issued by PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa is part of measures to contain the spread of the disease.
“On instructions of Gen. Gamboa, the Philippine National Police has suspended the processing of Foreign Travel and Authority to Travel Abroad for official functions in the light of latest development on the Covid-19 situation in the country. All leave applications under process by the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management are put on hold,” Durana told reporters at Camp Crame.
The PNP has yet to release an official memorandum on the order which takes effect immediately.
Meanwhile, Durana said safety measures will be undertaken in all activities at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center.
“All scheduled activities and events at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center will continue but will be closely monitored by medical personnel,” he said.
Upon the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), the PNP Directorate for Operations has instructed the National Capital Region Police Office to deploy police personnel in malls, amusement parks, and gaming centers to advise loitering students to go home.
This came after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the suspension of classes in all levels in Metro Manila from March 10 to March 14 amid the Covid-19 threat.
The PNP, meanwhile, is closely monitoring developments and coordinating instructions from IATF-MEID for immediate action by concerned its units, Durana said. (PNA)