The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now ready to assist in the pilot implementation of granular lockdowns and quarantine alert level system in the National Capital Region (NCR) starting Thursday.
PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, said the NCR Police Office (NCRPO) personnel have already been instructed to familiarize the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) guidelines and continuously coordinate with the local government units of Metro Manila for the enforcement of the rules and even for necessary adjustments.
“The PNP is ready to implement the new rules in accordance with the guidelines issued for the enforcement of the granular lockdown and quarantine alert level system in Metro Manila,” Eleazar said in Filipino in a video message on Wednesday.
The pilot test guidelines released by the IATF-IED last Monday provide that the PNP “shall ensure peace and order at all times, and that the security protocols are maintained in lockdown areas.”
“We are continuously coordinating with the LGUs in Metro Manila for proper enforcement of these rules — from the identification of areas that would be placed under lockdown up to the distribution of assistance to the affected residents,” Eleazar said.
Part of the security adjustment, Eleazar said, is the shortened curfew hours that will be observed once the NCR shifts to Alert Level 4 with the implementation of granular lockdowns on September 16.
He said police personnel should work with barangay officials in implementing the curfew period.
Eleazar also appealed to the public to cooperate and follow, not just the curfew hours, but all the rules and regulations that will be enforced under the alert level systems and the granular lockdown.
He also reminded police officers to observe maximum tolerance and impose what is only stated in the guidelines, noting that violators should never be punished.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier said areas under granular lockdown are required to be under the restrictions prepared for two weeks to prevent further transmission of Covid-19, particularly the Delta variant.
He said this will be done through aggressive testing, contract tracing and separating positive especially asymptomatic cases, identifying their close contacts, and placing them under quarantine for 14 days.
Only healthcare workers and returning and leaving overseas Filipino workers will be considered as Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) in areas under granular lockdown.