Sinas orders men to address Muslim concerns re- COVID-19

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas has ordered the metropolitan police force to adopt a suggestion from prominent Muslim leaders on how to properly deal with concerns raised by our Muslim brothers regarding the government effort to help them cope with the deadly COVID-19 virus which has triggered a Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

In particular, the NCRPO chief instructed his men to request all Local Government Units to fully implement the suggestions to avoid complicating matters and appropriately serve our Muslim brothers in a better way.

First suggestion which Sinas said should be fully implemented in addressing Filipino-Muslim concerns in the context of the pandemic is that relief goods being given to our Muslim brothers should be Muslim-friendly, meaning there is no presence of canned goods that may contain pork or pork-based derivatives.

Second, he agreed to the suggestion that Muslim doctors, nurses and other allied medical front-line personnel who are among the ‘front-liners’ in the fight against the deadly virus must be equipped with the knowledge of doing Janazah from Ghusl to Salatul janazah.

Another is the need to ensure that the cemetery where the bodies of Muslims who have died as a result of COVID-19 must be isolated or far from communities to ensure no one will be contaminated.

Sinas also agreed that personnel who will be engaged in the burial process must be trained by Department of Health personnel in order to know how to properly bury the body without getting the virus themselves.

The NCRPO director also ordered the monitoring of COVID-19 cases in Filipino-Muslim communities including those in Maharlika Village in Bicutan, Quiapo Islamic Center in Manila, Culiat in Tandang Sora, Quezon City and Pasig and San Juan cities to ensure that Muslim front-liners can always assist Muslims who are considered Persons under Monitoring or Persons under Investigation for the virus.

Sinas called on his ground commanders to seek the help of Muslim community leaders who can advise local COVID task forces on problems being faced by their fellows and at the same time ensure that these leaders are familiar with DOH and World Health Organization protocols on COVID-19.