Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa on Monday announced that the law enforcement agency is excusing personnel who are single parents from performing frontline duties concerning public safety and law enforcement operations the country is in a state of a national health emergency.
The PNP chief also ordered that only one among PNP couples may be deployed to the frontlines while the other does administrative or support duties.
Gamboa had already instructed the Director for Personnel and Records Management, PMaj. Gen. Reynaldo Biay to make an accounting of PNP personnel to identify couples who are both performing frontline duties and ensure that one of the spouses is exempted from deployment to frontline duties.
In a statement, PNP spokesman PBGen. Bernard Banac said that the directive was to protect the welfare of cops’ family members, especially their children in this time of a health crisis.
The police are among those at the forefront of the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“This is to ensure the safety and security of children of PNP personnel from possible exposure and contamination to the virus,” Banac said.
PNP personnel with medical backgrounds such as doctors, nurses, members of the police’s chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) team and others with similar technical qualifications, however, will be deployed to the field provided that they are not immuno-compromised.