PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, yesterday ordered all 17 Police Regional Office directors to ensure that their men will be fully supervising all Quarantine Control Points or QCPs established by local government units in their areas.
“I am directing all my regional directors to ensure that all QCPs established by LGUs in their territories will be supervised by the Philippine National Police to ensure uniform implementation of prescribed guidelines on the enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine,” the PNP chief said.
Acting on instructions of Gen. Gamboa, PNP Director for Operations, Major Gen. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup issued a memorandum to all 17 RDs ordering PNP unit commanders and chiefs of police (COPs) to ensure that all QCPs established by city, municipal and barangay Local Governments are properly supervised by local PNP Units.
Licup also directed all COPs nationwide to ensure that all QCPs are compliant with the guidelines set forth by the Joint Task Force COVID Shield and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID to restrict movement of people while the Enhanced Community Quarantine is in effect.
Under the IATF-MEID guidelines, QCPs shall be established by the Joint Task Force Coronavirus composed of officers from the PNP, Armed Forces, Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fire Protection from the national to municipal levels.
All QCPs at the Barangay level must be coordinated with the Municipal Joint Task Group and directly supervised by the PNP unit commander or the COPs.
Among the guidelines that should be observed in QCPs are the safe and unimpeded passage of food products, basic and essential commodities and authorized personnel categorized in the medical, agricultural, industrial and utilities sectors.
PNP Deputy Chief for Operations and the task force commander of the Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield, Lieutenant Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said that on orders of Gen. Gamboa, they are ensuring that basic goods will reach the market on time during the enhanced community quarantine to allay fears of the public and prevent the possibility of looting and other illegal activities.
He issued the statement amid reports that some LGUs are imposing strict measures that would impede the travel of delivery services of basic goods at some checkpoints.
“Nananawagan po ako sa local government units, sumasaludo kami sa inyong concern at inyong kasipagan sa inyong lugar pero isipin niyo ang pangkalahatan,” the official said as he lamented that if essential goods like food will not reach markets in some areas, residents might resort to looting supermarkets and other establishments as food and other basic goods become scarce in their areas.
“Remember ang iniiwasan natin ay yung magkagulo at magkaroon ng looting. Pero magkakaroon lang ng looting kung talagang nagkakagutuman na ang bayan at yan ang ating iniiwasan at pinoproteksiyunan,” Eleazar said.
The official again reminded LGUs to coordinate all of their actions with the IATF-MEID during the ongoing Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año likewise said that supermarkets, groceries and other food stalls should allow their customers to buy food even if they are not in possession of quarantine pass amid theCOVID-19 pandemic.