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Ensure cash distribution won’t become super spreaders



Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar reminded lawmen who will be deployed in the distribution of cash assistance in Metro Manila to ensure that the activity will not turn into a Covid-19 “super-spreader event.”

Eleazar issued the reminder as local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila, which is under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), started the distribution to
low-income families yesterday.

“We know that the residents need help this ECQ so it will not be surprising if people go there. This is where our police will come in to make sure that minimum public health safety standards and quarantine protocols are followed, especially social distancing and the wearing of masks and face shields,” Eleazar said.

He recalled some incidents last week where vaccination in some parts of Metro Manila needed to be cancelled because of overcrowding.

He said lawmen should also be aware of the schedule and system of cash aid distribution in their areas of responsibility.

“Let us be in contact with LGU officials because they will take the lead in providing assistance. The role of the police in cash aid distribution is to provide security and ensure that the grant process is smooth,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief also tasked police units in Metro Manila to strictly enforce the prohibition on outdoor exercises amid the ECQ.

“The ban on outdoor activities is a decision of our Metro Manila mayors that the PNP must implement for the benefit of all, especially since there are already many confirmed cases of children, including infants, being infected with Covid-19,” he said.

Eleazar directed ground commanders to also disseminate information about the ban through their units’ social media accounts and Oplan Bandillo, where lawmen warn the public via megaphones or a speaker system installed in police vehicles.

He appealed to Metro Manila residents to abide by the measure and cooperate with authorities.