MANILA – Military troops and other law enforcement units manning the various checkpoints set up to maintain the 30-day enhanced community quarantine in the island of Luzon are doing a vital role in combating the threats posed by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), a naval official said.
“In this time of emergency, we do not want to be anxious about the virus. We owe it to the Filipino people and to the country to ensure our mission readiness as military professionals,” Fleet-Marine Ready Force (FMRF) head, Commodore Toribio Adaci Jr., said during his visit to Philippine Navy personnel tasked to man checkpoints at the Cavite Expressway (Cavitex), Zapote Service Road, Masinag Service Highway, Ortigas Extension, Susana Heights, Southern Luzon Express Way (SLEX) and SLEX Calamba Toll Plaza on Thursday.
Adaci said that in doing so, they are playing a vital role in combating an unseen enemy.
“Bear in mind that your sacrifices are not only for the Filipino people but also for the safety of our family,” he added.
Navy and Marine personnel manning these checkpoints are under the Naval Task Group -National Capital Region (NCR) and their deployment is supervised by Task Unit South under the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Joint Task Force-NCR.
The FMRF is the Navy’s national maneuver force for territorial defense, international defense engagements, and other national contingency operations during crises and emergencies.
More than 500 Navy and Marine troops have been deployed for checkpoint and other duties related to the enhanced community quarantine.
“As we mobilized to assist the government, let’s also be vigilant to protect (ourselves) from this virus. Let us all follow the protocol and together we will overcome this ordeal,” Adaci added.
In a statement Thursday, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, Navy public affairs office chief, said Adaci’s visit also aimed to check on the situation of motorists and the condition of sailors and marines in the front lines, particularly on their health, billeting and personal protective equipment, as well as to boost their morale. (PNA)