All police commanders were ordered to coordinate with local chief executives for the identification of areas where children aged five and up will be allowed to go as the General Guillermo Eleazar, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, plans to deploy female cops to these areas.
This developed after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has allowed more areas to be placed under lesser quarantine restrictions and are expected to accommodate the recent decision of the IATF to allow children five years old and above to stay in open spaces in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ.
For its part, the Metro Manila Council is expected to come up with the list of areas where children would be allowed to roam around.
Eleazar said, “With the easing of community quarantine in some areas, including Metro Manila, we at the PNP know that our countrymen are more excited about the release of children aged five and above.”
“That is why I have instructed our commanders to prepare for this by liaising with their LGU in determining the places that can be visited and the rules that must be followed here for the protection of everyone,” he added.
The PNP chief said there will still be police officers who would be deployed in the areas to assist in ensuring the observation of the minimum public health safety protocols.
He said he had already asked commanders that, if possible, female officers who would be those deployed, as he described them to be more accommodating and patient when it comes to dealing with children.
However, he urged parents not to be intimidated by police presence, saying it is only meant for everybody’s protection.
“We make sure that your PNP will not be KJ (killjoy) because we understand what children and parents have gone through in more than a year of lockdown measures,” Eleazar explained.