NCRPO creates QRT to help contain COVID-19

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Major General Debold M. Sinas yesterday reiterated the metropolitan police force’s full support to the Department of Health in its ongoing battle against the deadly Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

To ensure that his men are abreast on how to handle the current issue on COVID-19, Sinas said that they have already started their campaign against the spread of the disease among their men.

Part of the preventive measure is the issuance of guidelines on workplace prevention and control as well as the creation of a dedicated Quick Response Team (QRT) and operation center.

The official said they are fully aware of the deadly disease which has altered the normal course of living of Filipinos.

“We have conducted COVID-19 Lectures for the Quick Response Teams in the five districts of NCRPO to handle this contagious disease. On the other hand, these Quick Response Team will conduct simultaneous crash course starting next week to personnel from the Regional Headquarters,” Sinas said.

He added that police should practice proper handwashing, social distancing, and cough etiquette.  

“We are not limited to maintain peace and order in the community but to protect the people from any harm or eventualities. We must equip ourselves with knowledge on the prevention tips to halt the spread of this disease in order to protect ourselves so that we can save other’s lives as well,” Sinas said.

Oca cancels events due to COVID-19 scare

Meanwhile, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan has canceled all the activities that involve large crowds as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID 19.

Included in the list of activities that were ordered suspended by the city chief executive were the coronation night of Miss Caloocan Pageant, Mega Job Fairs, City Development Council General Assembly, Outstanding Citizens Awards Night and the weekly Family Day Activities.

Mayor Oca appealed for broader understanding, especially to the event organizers, as he reiterated that the suspension of all big events and mass gatherings will remain until further notice.

He said the city government wanted to protect the public amid the threats posed by the deadly virus.

Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) recommended the cancellation of big events to minimize the risk of contracting COVID 19.

With Edd Reyes