GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The morale of police personnel here remains high even though the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has not spared their ranks, the director of the city police said.
Ten police officers assigned to various units in the area have contracted the disease from January to April, Col. Gilberto Tuzon said in a virtual briefing on Tuesday night.
Tuzon said of the 10, six have recovered.
Three who are in isolation and one who has been admitted to an undisclosed facility are being closely monitored and assisted by the Police Regional Office 12’s (Soccsksargen) Regional Health Service in coordination with the city government, he added.
“They are fighting and hoping to recover fast so they can return to work and perform their duties,” he said.
Tuzon said their personnel, especially those directly affected by Covid-19, as well as their families, are in good spirits despite the challenges posed by Covid-19.
He assured that all units under the city police office are on high alert and following the necessary measures to prevent new infections in their ranks.
Tuzon said they are continually operating at full strength, especially in maintaining peace and order, as well as in curbing criminal activities in the communities.
He noted that they have been assisting the city government in enforcing the regulations and protocols against Covid-19, among them the observance of curfew and compliance with the minimum health standards of establishments and residents.
The city’s eight police stations have been providing free rides to help workers and other residents return to their homes before and even during the curfew hours from midnight to 4 a.m., Tuzon said.
“We are not here to punish anyone but assist our city in containing this pandemic,” he said. (PNA)