Eleazar tells parents to keep kids off streets

JOINT Task Force COVID Shield commander, Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday urged Filipino parents to keep their children off the streets and help serve as ‘role models’ in the quarantine measures aimed at thwarting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am urging parents to be role models of home quarantine for their children as we further intensify our security measures with the extension of the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and placing of most of the country under General Community Quarantine (GCQ),” said the official.

According to Eleazar, all parents have the obligation of making sure that their children would stay home and comply with the government rules to prevent the spread of the  deadly virus.

“Better yet, parents should become the role model for their children in following home quarantine, social distancing and other safety measures for the protection of the entire family,” he said amid observations that many parents have failed to keep watch on their kids allowing these young children to violate curfew hours and loiter on the streets specifically in depressed areas in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

He issued the call as Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said there will be no more warning for curfew violators as the number of arrested continue to rise.

“Our SILG (Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año and our Chief PNP has already instructed our police commanders to immediately arrest and charge those curfew violators in order to teach them a lesson about following the rules and regulations on ECQ. We expect substantial compliance to the directives of the SILG and the Chief PNP,” he said.