Tanods utilized in quarantine drive

JOINT Task Force COVID Shield commander, Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday said they have started mobilizing barangay ‘tanods’  in the strict implementation of minimum quarantine protocols like wearing of face masks and social distancing to help prevent further spread of the deadly virus in the country.

The official said all police commanders across the country have been ordered to tap the help of barangay security officers in the strict enforcement of the minimum health standard protocols in their respective communities as PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa ordered the release of a memorandum on the full enforcement of the quarantine rules at the barangay level to effectively fight COVID-19.

Lt. Gen. Eleazar  said the mobilization of barangay tanods will be done through the police Quarantine Rules Supervisors (QRS) who would be assigned to take the lead in the enforcement of mandatory wearing of face masks, physical distancing and other health safety protocols as approved by  Gen. Gamboa.

“The designation of QRS, or the PNP’s COVID Focal Persons, in every barangay in the country will help strengthen our fight to prevent the spread and further transmission of the coronavirus by making sure that the minimum health standard protocols would be properly and strictly enforced down to the barangay level,”  he said.

President Duterte earlier ordered the PNP to strictly enforce the wearing of face mask, observation of physical distancing due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

The active involvement of local government units will boost the synchronized effort of the national government and LGUs to effectively contain the spread of the virus.