After a month and half of staying in Cebu City to help augment the security force here in implementing health protocols as part of the Covid-19 response, some 151 members of the Special Action Force are going back to their headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella thanked the SAF members for their services. (Photo courtesy by Sunstar Cebu)
CEBU CITY – Some 151 members of the Special Action Force (SAF), who were sent to help in the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) response here, are going back to the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday.
The SAP troops gathered at the Barangay Tisa National High School on Tuesday morning for a send-off ceremony after more than a month of their assignment in the city.
The event was attended by top officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force including Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and retired general Mel Feliciano, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and Police Regional Office-Central Visayas director Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro.
In his speech, Ferro said the ceremony also highlights the success in lowering the Covid-19 cases in the city with the help of the SAP force.
He said that SAP troops were able to help in disciplining the public to follow the minimum health standards.
Despite the risks in their assignment here starting on July 27, Ferro said none of the 151 men tested positive for the virus.
“As an elite force, they have fought a battle in a different field,” he said.
He added that the troops succeeded both in fulfilling their mission and in protecting themselves despite being assigned to highly infected areas.
Labella, meanwhile, thanked the SAF members for their services.
“The gesture that you have extended to us will never be forgotten by the people of Cebu City for the rest of their lives,” the mayor said.
Cimatu, IATF’s overseer for Cebu, also commended the SAP men, saying keeping themselves free of the virus throughout their stay is as important as their mission to implement the protocols. (PNA)