MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed five of its regional offices under full alert status as part of measures aimed at slowing down the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a memorandum, PNP’s Directorate for Operations declared the full alert status in the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), as well as Police Regional Offices III, IV-A, IV-B and V following the hoisting of Code Red Sub-level 2 due to rising coronavirus cases in the country.
The alert status was effective 1:00 a.m. of March 13, Friday.
Under full alert status, all day-offs and vacation leaves of police officers are cancelled to ensure their availability for deployment.
“Likewise, other PROs shall have the discretion to raise their alert depending on the prevailing situation in their respective AORs [areas of responsibility],” the memorandum read.
The measure follows the order of President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night to place Metro Manila on community quarantine to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Under a community quarantine, land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila are suspended beginning March 15 until April 14, subject to daily review of the government.
Work in the executive branch and classes in all levels in Metro Manila are also suspended.
Foreign nationals from countries with localized COVID-19 transmissions will also be banned from entering the Philippines, except for permanent residents and diplomats.
The president earlier declared a state of public health emergency and enjoined all government agencies to cooperate and implement necessary actions to combat the threat of coronavirus.
The Philippines has so far recorded 52 confirmed cases with five deaths.
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