CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – Nearly 10,000 policemen are now deployed in various checkpoints/control points along borders and boundaries of each province in Central Luzon in a bid to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This developed following the pronouncement of President Duterte placing the entire Luzon Island under “enhanced community quarantine” and the whole Philippines under a state of calamity.
Police Regional Office 3 regional director Brig. Gen. Rhodel O. Sermonia said starting 12 midnight of March 17, almost 10,000 PNP personnel were deployed all over Central Luzon and are currently manning the said check/control points.
Authorities carry thermal scanner guns to check if those who want to enter and exit the borders of each province are showing flu-like symptoms.
Sermonia said strict implementation of all the directives of President Duterte for the entire duration of the enhanced community quarantine is being carried out and failure to abide by the foregoing guidelines and measures shall be subjected to appropriate action, both criminal and administrative, in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.
The Central Luzon police director also urged the public to cooperate with authorities as the PNP is trying its best in helping prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“It is definitely an inconvenience to all of us, but we are doing this for the safety and protection of everyone. I have directed our personnel to always uphold the law and respect for human rights must be observed at all times,” he added.
As of press time, Sermonia together with his command group is “elentlessly conducting” inspection in all established control points to ensure proper implementation.