Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Sunday placed the PNP’s Medical Reserve Force (MRF) on standby to assist in the vaccination process during the reimplementation of the enhanced community quarantine at the National Capital Region (NCR) amid the threat of Delta variant.
Eleazar said the MRF is ready to help as additional manpower in the vaccination rollout after the Metro Manila Council expressed readiness to inoculate 250,000 individuals each day during the ECQ from Aug. 6 to 20.
“The PNP’s Medical Reserve Force will be on standby in case they will be tapped in the vaccination process during the two-week ECQ,” Eleazar said in a statement.
He directed the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to prepare the deployment of additional cops and contingency plan for the vaccination.
“Let us prepare the PNP assets if needed to transport vaccines in difference areas,” he added in Filipino.
Eleazar said the recommendation to place Metro Manila under the strictest quarantine measure as approved by President Rodrigo Duterte is necessary intervention to protect the public against the more virulent variant of Covid-19.
During ECQ imposition, only essential travel and services will be allowed in Metro Manila.
Eleazar also tasked concerned police commanders to coordinate with local government officials, especially barangay executives, to discuss the vaccination process during the ECQ.
“I have already instructed the NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. to make sure that all the quarantine restrictions that have been implemented before, including the deployment of appropriate number of PNP personnel and the coordination with Local Government Units for force multipliers, will be in place during that period,” Eleazar said.
He said PNP will make sure that the minimum public health safety protocols and other quarantine rules will be strictly implemented to contain the Delta variant in communities, public utility vehicles, mass transport system and even in business establishments.
Eleazar reminded the PNP personnel to be courteous at all times and respect the rights of the people, especially in dealing with violators.“The fight against the Covid-19, including all its variants, is not only the responsibility of the people in the government, it is an obligation of everybody and our first line of defense is to be mindful of our protection and that of our family at all times — and to avail of the free vaccinations the moment that it becomes available for you,” Eleazar added.