MANILA – The number of police officers infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has reached 302, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday.
In a virtual presser, PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, said 149 or almost half of Covid-19 cases in the police force have already recovered while the death toll remains at four.
“We strive to continue to provide personnel with supportive healthcare to enhance the resiliency of our police front-liners. We also thank the PNP front-liners and the public for what had occurred in the past 72 days and encourage them to continue or better if we can improve on some specific things for a better transition,” he said.
Gamboa said more than 60 percent of the infected cops are from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and are deployed in checkpoint duties.
“Dahil siguro, pinakamalaking infection ang NCR or confirmed cases, necessarily, ‘yung degree of exposure ng policemen sa mga QCP (quarantine control points) ay malaki din [Maybe because NCR has the highest infection or confirmed cases, necessarily, the degree of exposure of our policemen in QCPs is huge],” he said.
As a response, Gamboa said the PNP assured extensive testing mechanisms and improved protection of the policemen manning the checkpoints.
Despite some untoward incident involving some cops, Gamboa lauded the sacrifices of his police personnel for continuing to perform their duties to serve and protect the nation.
“Amid criticisms due to isolated and untoward incidents, your sacrifice in being exposed to extreme heat and rain, being away from your families and children, and the possibility of contracting Covid-19 is priceless,” he said.
As the country transitions into the ‘new normal’ situation, Gamboa also assured the protection of police front-liners who stay committed to their duties, and punishment for those who abuse their authority. (PNA)