By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will assist in the enforcement of mandates that will require the public to present valid vaccination cards upon entry to malls and other establishments.
“The PNP doesn’t decide on its own. We base our enforcement on approved orders,” PNP Chief General Dionardo Carlos said in defense of police personnel who may be questioned by defiant civilians.
The Chief PNP said all police actions are founded on lawful and legal regulations. In this case, the police are duty-bound to enforce ordinances and executive orders passed by Local Government Units.
More LGUs in Metro Manila — which reverted back to Alert Level 3 — have passed ordinances that will only allow vaccinated individuals to enter listed establishments.
“We asked our personnel on the ground to coordinate properly with the LGUs so there will be a clear and uniform direction on how to implement ordinances including the exemptions to the rule, should there be any. We don’t want to end up with varied interpretations on the actual application of the provisions,” Carlos said.
Ultimately, each establishment has the inherent responsibility to instruct its security officers about the local orders. The PNP will assist in case tension escalates due to resistance of the public in showing proof of vaccination.
“We remind these private security officers to keep their cool and learn to diplomatically explain the basis of such policy,” Carlos said.
Police help desks are now common sights in most business establishments, especially malls.