Beef up presence in border areas, Cavite cops told

Beef up presence in border areas, Cavite cops told

TAGAYTAY VISIT. Joint Task Force Covid Shield commander, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar (center), and Tagaytay City Mayor Agnes Tolentino visit a souvenir shop in the city on Saturday (Sept. 19, 2020). Police officials visited the city to inspect compliance of businesses and establishments with health and safety standards to prevent further transmission of Covid-19. (Photo courtesy of JTF Covid Shield)

MANILA – Cavite police were ordered to beef up its visibility in provincial borders and popular destinations in Tagaytay City to manage and control the arrival of tourists.

“We support the coordination and collaboration of the local government units and law enforcement agencies. This is a work in progress. This is the first time that we have tourism being encouraged in an area near Metro Manila,” Joint Task Force Covid Shield commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Sunday.

People from any part of the country can now visit Tagaytay City without any travel authority, except for those who live in areas under general community quarantine or higher community quarantine status.

Eleazar said the success and failure of Tagaytay City’s reopening depend on the smooth and regular coordination between the LGUs in Cavite and the local police forces.

“We do not want a scenario of an increase in Covid cases to happen. That is why necessary health protocols must be properly and strictly implemented,” Eleazar added.

He reminded the police force in Tagaytay City to regularly coordinate with its LGU in the crafting and implementation of more security and health safety protocols, as well as security adjustments, especially during weekends when the area receives more tourists.

He said police should focus on the entry of unauthorized tourists, or those coming from GCQ and higher quarantine status areas with no travel authority, and set up quarantine control points in the boundary of Laguna and Cavite.

Although both Laguna and Cavite are under the less strict modified GCQ, the setting up of a checkpoint would ensure that those coming from GCQ areas, particularly from Metro Manila, would not enter Cavite without a travel authority, Eleazar said. (with Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)

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