STARTING today, the Philippine National Police will strictly enforce a ‘No Face Shield-No Face Mask, No Entry’ policy inside Camp Crame and all its offices and stations across the country as part of its improved measure to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and protect its front-liners, the Journal Group learned.
The PNP Headquarters Support Service and all Headquarters Support Service Units of the 17 other police regional offices and the other city, provincial and municipal police stations as well as the different police stations and precincts will fully enforce the policy, said Lieutenant General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, the PNP Deputy Chief for Administration and concurrent commander of the Administrative Support to COVID-19 Operations Task Force.
The policy means all police personnel, civilian employees and Camp Crame visitors will be required to wear the mandatory face mask and face shield upon entry inside the PNP national headquarters. The same will be applied on all police offices across the country.
Lt. Gen. Cascolan ordered PNP-HSS director, Brigadier Gen. Alexander J. Sampaga to strictly implement the new health directive.
"We appeal to all to observe health protocols for the sake of everyone's safety against the contagion," Lt. Gen. Cascolan said.
Sampaga also released an advisory that a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remains in effect inside Camp Crame although it exempts PNP personnel who are on duty inside the camp.
The PNP-HSS director also advised PNP offices and units utilizing the NHQ North Wing parking area near the AFPSLAI building to transfer to the PNP Transformation Oval parking area.
Sampaga explained the need to vacate the NHQ North Wing parking area as it will be used as a Daily Triage Area by the PNP Health Service under Brig. Gen. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr.
As of yesterday, there are already nearly 3,000 COVID-19 cases in the PNP with around 1,900 of them already recovered from the disease.
A total of 13 policemen have passed away after contracting the unseen virus. The PNP-HS is also monitoring the cases of some 750 Probable Persons Under Investigation and nearly 2,200 other Suspected PUIs in the police force.
PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said they are also coming up with more quarantine centers and testing hubs soon to cater to members of the force who have contracted the dreaded COVID-19 virus and need to undergo isolation and treatment.
Gen. Gamboa also ordered the streamlining of operations of all regulatory offices inside Camp Crame as part of their effort to help contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus in the PNP national headquarters.
As part of the measure, the PNP-HSS was ordered to ensure that only a maximum of 950 clients will be allowed entry inside the camp from Monday to Friday.
Lt. Gen. Cascolan recommended the new measures in order to restrict the movement of civilians inside Camp Crame which has also not been spared by the deadly virus and in order to protect the camp from further human-to-human transmission and resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
As required by the PNP-HSS, the One-Stop Shop building near Camp Crame’s Gate 2 will only entertain 250 applicants for security guard licenses being issued by the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies while the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office will cater to only 200 clients.
On the other hand, the PNP-SOSIA will only cater to 150 clients during weekdays while the PNP Permit-to-Carry-Firearms-Outside-of-Residence office and the Retirement and Benefits Administration Service will serve only 50 clients each day.
Last May, the PNP-HSS implemented much stricter security and health protocols inside Camp Crame including the required QR Code for Camp Crame personnel and visitors under the ‘New Normal’ as part of its effort to secure the camp and prevent the entry of persons who may be COVID-19 carriers.