PNP suspends foreign travel, leave of personnel

Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has put on hold the processing of applications for foreign travel and leave amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) threat.

Police Major General Benigno Durana Jr., head of the PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations and acting spokesperson, said the suspension is based on the order of PNP Chief Archie Gamboa as part of the preventive measures against Covid-2019, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Durana said the PNP Health Service is monitoring the condition of three PNP personnel and one dependent of a PNP personnel who are now under home quarantine.

Of the four, two are non-uniformed personnel assigned in the Eastern Police District who came from a vacation in Japan.

A San Juan police officer who has possible contact with a person who was a confirmed carrier of the virus is also under home quarantine.

Durana said they have already closed Camp Crame’s gate 4 in response to the conduct of contact tracing of Covid-19 patients in Barangay West Crame in San Juan City by the Department of Health.

He said all scheduled events and activities inside the police camp will still push through but medical personnel will be in the venue to monitor the guests.

Meanwhile, Durana said the NCRPO has been ordered to beef up police deployment particularly in the malls, amusement parks and gaming centers to advise loitering children to go home.

Classes in all levels in the National Capital Region are suspended until Saturday, March 14.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said they will also ask the Civil Service Commission and private companies on the possibility of work hour adjustment as part of social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus.

“Ipagbabawal natin at iiwasan muna ang large mass gatherings para sigurado na ma-contain natin ang spread ng coronavirus,” he said in an interview with reporters.

“We are encouraging the private sector and CSC officers na gumawa ng paraan para maipatupad din 'yung social distancing. Baka pwedeng ayusin nila ‘yung work schedule ng kanilang mga empleyado,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)