PNP medical reserves on standby to assist in vaccination

PNP medical reserves on standby to assist in vaccination
A police officer mans a checkpoint on Tabigo Street at Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City on Thursday, July 29, 2021. The area is on lockdown after several residents were tested positive for COVID-19.
The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — Ahead of the enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine, the national police's medical reserves have been put on standby to act as additional manpower in the vaccination programs of Metro Manila's local government units.

To recall, Metro Manila will be under the strictest form of quarantine starting August 6 to prevent the spread of the more infectious Delta variant. Only essential travel and services are allowed during the ECQ.

In a release sent to reporters, Police Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said he placed the Medical Reserve Force on standby to assist in the vaccination process. 

This comes after the Metro Manila Council said that it is eyeing 250,000 individuals for inoculation per day during the two-week ECQ. 

 “The PNP’s Medical Reserve Force will be on standby in case they will be tapped in the vaccination process during the two-week ECQ,” Eleazar said. 

“I am also directing the NCRPO to prepare the deployment of additional cops and a contingency plan for this vaccination. We will also prepare PNP assets in case they are needed for vaccine delivery elsewhere." 

Eleazar tasked concerned police commanders to coordinate with local government officials, especially barangay executives, to discuss the vaccination process during the ECQ. 

Quarantine control points activated anew

Earlier, the Department of the Interior and Local Government instructed the Joint Task Force COVID Shield to activate quarantine checkpoints along the borders of the so-called NCR+ bubble effective Saturday midnight. 

Only authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) are permitted to travel in or out of the checkpoints, the DILG said in a statement. 

“The implementation of strict border controls in the NCR+ areas is critical to stopping the spread of the Delta variant,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said.

“We have instructed all QCPs to allow the unimpeded movement of cargo trucks and delivery vehicles across all our checkpoints."

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: September 14, 2021 - 10:16am

Follow this thread for updates on COVID-19 risk levels, safety measures, and data from Metro Manila's local government units.

Photo: The STAR/Michael Varcas

September 14, 2021 - 10:16am

Metro Manila will be placed under general community quarantine with alert level 4 starting September 16, according Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.

Under alert level 4, alfresco dine-in is allowed up to 30% capacity while indoor dine-in is allowed up to 10% capacity but for fully vaccinated customers only.

Personal care services and religious gatherings will be allowed up to 30% capacity if outdoor and 10% capacity for indoor but for fully vaccinated only.

September 9, 2021 - 12:55pm

A total of 122 individuals, including 99 children, at the Gentlehands Orphanage in Quezon City tested positive with COVID-19.

Following this development, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte called on the management of workplaces to strictly implement minimum public health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Dapat maging mahigpit ang ating persons in authority sa pagpapatupad nito para maiwasan natin ang pagkalat ng virus," Belmonte says in a statement.

September 8, 2021 - 11:48am

The government should compensate small businesses in Metro Manila that were affected by shifting decisions on quarantine classifications, Akbayan paty-list says.

Metro Manila was supposed to shift to General Community Quarantine on Wednesday until an announcement on Tuesday evening that that planned shift, which was supposed to also see a shift to "granular" lockdowns, would be deferred until September 15 or until guidelines are finalized.

"The [Inter-Agency Task Force] must reimburse small businesses that incurred losses due to its ‘laban-bawi’ quarantine protocols. This kind of negligence and thoughtlessness from the government hurts everyone, especially small enterprises and their workers who are trying their best to survive despite the pandemic," party-list nominee Perci Cendaña says in a statement.

September 7, 2021 - 6:50pm

Metro Manila to remain under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until September 15, 2021 or until the government irons out guidelines on a new quarantine system, the Palace announces.

Metro Manila was supposed to revert to General Community Quarantine from September 8 as the government tests using 'granular' lockdowns instead of region-wide quarantine classifications.

September 6, 2021 - 12:40pm

Metro Manila is reverting to the more lenient General Community Quarantine from September 8 to 30, according to a resolution by the inter-agency pandemic task force.

Members of the task force last week said the government may shift to "granular" lockdowns, or smaller-scale and localized hard lockdowns, instead of classifications that are region-wide.  

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