PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag (Featured Image)
By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — A total of 9,356 police personnel has been deployed as the National Capital Region and neighboring provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal enters into the “NCR Plus Bubble” or the reimposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
In a virtual presser Sunday 28 March 2021, Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield and PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, said that they included the provinces of Batangas and Quezon for the installation of more than 1,000 quarantine checkpoints (QCPs) in order to strictly monitor the movement of people.
He said, Batangas and Quezon, although not included in the ECQ areas, were included in the areas of concern given their close proximity to the NCR+ borders.
“We included it to ensure no unauthorized persons will be able to slip past the borders and pose risks,” said Binag.
The official stressed that they will be “flexible” in the enforcement of protocols primarily aimed at arresting the spread of the dreaded viral respiratory disease.
“We will be enforcing this to help bring down the numbers of Covid-19, not to repress our countrymen. What we will do, will ask them to turn back or give them warnings. And if they violate any ordinance of their respective LGU, they will be issued tickets,” stated Binag.
He then assured there will be enough police forces to go around in the enforcement of the ECQ as well as the law enforcement mandate of the PNP despite more cops getting hit by COVID-19.
He also assured they have enough personnel in manning the QCPs despite the increasing number of cops who tested positive to COVID-19.
“Yes, we have (enough personnel). Our chief (PGen. Debold Sinas) ordered us to ensure everyone stays safe. Our policemen have sticks (yantok) for physical distancing, masks and face shields, alcohol, all of that,” Binag noted. (AI/MTVN)