P’que deputizes detectives, guards to implement ECQ

April 14, 2020

PARANAQUE City Mayor Edwin Olivarez issued an executive order deputizing private detectives, security guards and their personnel as force multiplier of the city police force to fully implement the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Under Executive Order No. 30 signed by Olivarez, agencies operating and conducting business of private detective, watchmen and security guards within the jurisdiction of the city will be placed under the direct order of the city chief of police for assistance in the enforcement of the ECQ.

Citing Section 12 of Republic Act No. 5487 otherwise known as “the Private Security Agency Law”, Olivarez said it provides that in case of emergency or in times of disaster or calamities, the city mayor can incorporate the services of licensed security agencies to help maintain peace and order.

Under the said RA, duly licensed personnel can also apprehend law violators and in the preservation of life and property, according to Olivarez.

In his five-page EO, Olivarez said that private detective and security guards will take direct order from the city chief of police for their respective areas of assignment and operation for the duration of the ECQ.

Olivarez said the assigned security guards can apprehend persons who are not wearing face mask in public places and those following the physical distancing of at least one meter while the threat of COIVD-19 continues.