STARTING tomorrow, the Philippine National Police Headquarters Support Service will fully enforce a ‘No Face Shield, No Entry’ policy inside Camp Crame as part of its improved measure to fight COVID-19, officials said yesterday.
The police 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.
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 (ASCOTF) 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 Friday, there are a total of 2,798 COVID-19 cases in the PNP with 1,841 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 747 Probable Persons Under Investigation and 2,153 other Suspected PUIs in the police force as of Friday.
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.
At the same time, the PNP chief ordered the PNP-HS to implement stricter measures in all PNP-operated quarantine facilities and testing centers to prevent the further spread of the unseen virus.
Helping prevent the spread of the virus by fully enforcing health measures such as wearing of face masks, curfew hours and social distancing is also taking its toll on the national police which since last March have put up Quarantine Control Points in Metro Manila and the rest of the country to check health protocol violators.
At present, the PNP is already operating and managing seven quarantine and testing facilities in the country as part of supportive healthcare system for police front-liners who are involved in the government’s own battle against the pandemic.