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Ground commanders of the Philippine National Police (PNP) received instructions to ensure that churchgoers and religious event participants strictly comply to the minimum public health safety protocols.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved an increased capacity of 30 percent for religious gatherings in areas under General Community Quarantine, including NCR Plus.

Prior to the IATF’s approval, a 10-percent capacity rate limit was imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, local police units should start coordinating with religious leaders in their respective Areas of Responsibility to ensure that the rules on mass gatherings are strictly observed.

In Metro Manila, among those often flocked by visitors are those in Quiapo and Intramuros in Manila, and in Baclaran, Parañaque City.

Gaya ng bilin ko sa ating mga commanders, huwag na nating hintayin na hingan pa tayo ng tulong o may mangyaring paglabag bago tayo umaksyon. Kaya ngayon pa lang, inaasahan ko na ang ating mga chiefs of police na makipag-ugnayan sa mga religious leaders sa kanilang lugar upang pagtulungan na matiyak na ang alituntunin ng IATF ay masusunod,” said PGen. Eleazar.

Ngayong niluwagan na uli ang alituntunin sa religious gatherings, ang pakiusap lang namin ay sana ay masunod ang mga alituntunin sa minimum public health safety at kami naman ay naniniwala na kaya itong gawin ng ating mga kababayan with the guidance of our religious leaders,” he added.

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