Gamboa protects frontliners’ families

Archie Francisco F. Gamboa

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has excused single parent police personnel from serving as ‘front-liners’ in the PNP’s battle to prevent further spread of the deadly COVID-19 diseases, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Following an instruction from the PNP chief, PNP Director for Personnel and Records Management, Major Gen. Reynaldo G. Biay instructed all PNP heads of offices to identify from their respective personnel single parents who are solely taking care of their children.

“These personnel shall be exempted from being deployed in the frontlines in order to give them the opportunity to provide the necessary care and protection for their children during the COVID-19 situation,” said Biay in a memorandum to all 17 Police Regional Office directors and heads of different PNP national and administrative support units.

According to Gen. Gamboa, he had also ordered that only one spouse among PNP couples may be deployed to the frontlines while the other spouse may be delegated to administrative or support duties  as the PNP conducts public safety and law enforcement operations in response to the national health emergency.

PNP spokesman, Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac said the PNP chief considered these policy initiatives to protect the welfare of family members especially the children of PNP personnel.

““This is to ensure the safety and security of children of PNP personnel from possible exposure and contamination to the virus,” Banac said.