MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has rescheduled to June 4 the resumption of frontline administrative functions and regulatory services such as processing of licenses, permits, and clearances to the public.
“This is in view of the expected public turnout and the stream of PNP personnel on Monday (June 1). We need to control both foot and vehicular traffic in Camp Crame. While we are ready to attend to the needs of the public, we must also consider the safety of our PNP personnel,” PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said in a statement Monday.
Units under the PNP Civil Security Group that will resume their operations and transactions on Thursday are Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), One-Stop-Shop Office (OSS) and Regional Civil Security Units (RCSUs).
The recruitment program of the PNP which was also set to resume on Monday was postponed due to the strict implementation of quarantine protocols in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
“The resumption of recruitment processing is postponed until further notice,” PNP Recruitment and Selection Service said in a Facebook post.
Meanwhile, Gamboa assured the public that the 205,000-strong police force remains on a high state of readiness as the country transitions into general community quarantine (GCQ), including the National Capital Region which has so far the highest number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.
“Our police units are under orders to extend maximum assistance to provide safety and security to all workers who will report back to work (Monday),” Gamboa said.
He added that checkpoints, curfew, travel restrictions, strict enforcement of physical distancing, and minimum health standards will still be implemented across the country in accordance with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines on GCQ.
Gamboa said the PNP will strictly implement the full force of the law against cybercrimes and “any form of abuse on our women and children in this new normal”.
He said the PNP is taking appropriate steps to focus on public safety, law enforcement and internal security functions with greater attention to government flagship campaigns against crime, illegal drugs, and corruption amid the health crisis.
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)