MANILA – As directed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now ready to assist in the pilot implementation of granular lockdowns and quarantine alert level system in the National Capital Region (NCR) starting Thursday.
PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, said the NCR Police Office (NCRPO) personnel have already been instructed to familiarize the IATF-EID guidelines and continuously coordinate with the local government units of Metro Manila for the enforcement of the rules and even for necessary adjustments.
“Handa na ang inyong PNP sa pagpapatupad ng mga bagong patakaran alinsunod sa guidelines na inilabas para sa enforcement ng granular lockdown at quarantine alert level system sa Metro Manila (The PNP is ready to implement the new rules in accordance with the guidelines issued for the enforcement of the granular lockdown and quarantine alert level system in Metro Manila),” Eleazar said in a video message on Wednesday.
The pilot test guidelines released by the IATF-IED last Monday provide that the PNP “shall ensure peace and order at all times, and that the security protocols are maintained in lockdown areas”.
“We are continuously coordinating with the LGUs in Metro Manila for proper enforcement of these rules—from the identification of areas that would be placed under lockdown up to the distribution of assistance to the affected residents,” Eleazar said.
Part of the security adjustment, Eleazar said, is the shortened curfew hours that will be observed once the NCR shifts to Alert Level 4 with the implementation of granular lockdowns on September 16.
He said police personnel should work with barangay officials in implementing the curfew period.
Eleazar also appealed to the public to cooperate and follow, not just the curfew hours, but all the rules and regulations that will be enforced under the alert level systems and the granular lockdown.
He also reminded police officers to observe maximum tolerance and impose what is only stated in the guidelines, noting that violators should never be punished.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier said areas under granular lockdown are required to be under the restrictions prepared for two weeks to prevent further transmission of Covid-19, particularly the Delta variant.
He said this will be done through aggressive testing, contract tracing and separating positive especially asymptomatic cases, identifying their close contacts, and placing them under quarantine for 14 days.
Only healthcare workers and returning and leaving overseas Filipino workers will be considered as Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) in areas under granular lockdown.
Under Alert Level 4, the following protocols shall be observed:
*Persons below 18 years old and above 65 years old, those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, or other health risks, and pregnant women are not allowed to leave their homes except for obtaining essential goods and services and working in permitted industries and offices.
*Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits; indoor venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE); indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, and venues with live performers such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters; indoor sports courts or venues, fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centers or facilities, and swimming pools; outdoor and indoor amusement parks or theme parks, funfairs/peryas, kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides; indoor recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues and staycations are also not allowed to operate under Alert Level 4.
*Outdoor or alfresco dine-in services in restaurants and eateries are allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity, regardless of customers’ vaccination status while indoor dine-in services may be allowed at 10 percent capacity, only for fully vaccinated individuals.
*Personal care services limited to barbershops, hair spas, nail spas, and beauty salons are allowed to operate at 30 percent, if these services are conducted outdoors, regardless of customers’ vaccination status while indoor services are at 10 percent capacity, only for fully vaccinated persons.
*Outdoor religious services are allowed at 30 percent capacity, regardless of vaccination status. Indoor religious gatherings, meanwhile, may be allowed at a limited 10 percent venue/seating capacity, only for fully vaccinated individuals.
*Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) shall be limited to immediate family members.
*Government offices will remain fully operational with at least 20 percent on-site capacity with the implementation of work-from-home and other flexible work arrangement schemes. (PNA)