LOCAL police units were reminded to stay extra vigilant and be on the lookout for parties and other super-spreader events.
This was the reminder given by Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, who told police commanders to always be on alert and strictly monitor their areas of responsibility (AORs).
“I am reminding all our police commanders to be on alert and strictly monitor your areas of responsibility to prevent mass gatherings and ensure the observance of minimum public health safety standards. Wala na dapat makalusot na super spreader events sa inyong mga AOR,” PGen. Eleazar said.
He further advised police commanders, “Closely coordinate with your local government units, particularly the barangays, to effectively prevent any further mass gatherings and other quarantine violations.”
Early this month, more than 50 persons were tested positive for COVID-19 in Quezon City after taking part in a pool party and drinking session in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon.
PGen. Eleazar said up to 54 people were infected with COVID-19 in during that event. “May ilan tayong mga kababayan na ayaw makinig at isinugal ang kanilang kalusugan para sa panandaliang kasiyahan.”
Health experts and government officials have been warning the public against holding parties and other mass gatherings as these could be considered as super-spreader events where there is rapid transmission of the coronavirus.
PGen. Eleazar said that the public should not be complacent and lower their guard against COVID-19 even if there is a reduction on the rate of infection in Metro Manila.
“Para na po tayong sirang plaka sa pagpapaalala pero hindi po tayo magsasawa sa kakaulit ng ating minimum public health safety protocols kahit na may mga kababayan tayong sadyang mga pasaway. I would like to reiterate, hindi pa po puwede ang mass gatherings kahit nasa GCQ na po ang Metro Manila,” he said.