Gamboa orders biosafety measures vs COVID-19

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has ordered more stringent actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among police personnel especially those manning Quarantine Control Points in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

Upon recommendation of the PNP Health Service, a PNP-wide Biosafety Plan is now being observed in Camp Crame and all PNP camps, including possible setting-up of decontamination procedure for personnel returning to stations from field duty.

Gen. Gamboa admitted “there is always a probability that any police officer assigned in Luzon may contract the virus while performing his or her assigned duty.”

According to him, the PNP Health Service is keeping tab of 615 PNP personnel considered as Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) and 45 more personnel listed as Persons Under Investigation (PUI), including a police colonel and a patrolman for possible COVID-19 infection as DOH protocols are closely followed to handle these PUI and PUM cases.

“We are instituting strict measures to prevent its spread among our back end and front line personnel, such as provision of minimum Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all frontline personnel; continuous contact tracing and self-quarantine; stringent social distancing including maximum use of teleconferencing of key leaders,” the PNP chief said.