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A total of 7,397 individuals were rounded up as the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bulacan continue to implement the province’s Executive Order No. 8, Series of 2021, which calls for the Strict Monitoring and Compliance with Minimum Public Health Standards since the reimplementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

The province is now under Modified ECQ (MECQ) together with other provinces in the NCR Plus bubble affected by the upsurge of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

EO No. 8, Series of 2021, signed by Governor Daniel Fernando on March 16, 2021, is being strictly implemented after the province was placed under ECQ due to the continuous increase in cases of the dreaded virus.

Based on Bulacan Police records, among the 7,397 violators, 180 citation tickets were issued for violation of the liquor ban; 2,232 for curfew and 4,985 for violations of minimum health standards as authorities conducted patrols province-wide since March 17, 2021 up to now.

The violators were brought to an open court/space by police personnel for the issuance of citation tickets followed by lectures regarding the importance of following the minimum health protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.

According to Bulacan Police provincial director PCol. Lawrence Cajipe, police patrols were deployed and continued conducting 24-hour patrolling duties throughout the province, particularly at the malls, markets and transportation terminals as per the directive of Gov. Fernando to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which leads to the COVID-19 disease.

A total of 1,887 checkpoint operations were established particularly at the borders in the towns of Calumpit, San Miguel, San Jose Del Monte, Obando, Marilao and Meycauayan.

According to Cajipe, “Oplan Bandillo” is now underway. Patrols coming from police stations roam around cities and municipalities to remind people to strictly observe and comply with minimum public health standards and other safety protocols.

It was learned that the governor also deployed several “Prayer Patrol” mobile vans in towns and cities of the province.

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