THE number of violators of minimum public health safety standards and other government protocols apprehended by the Philippine National Police in NCR Plus since August 6 breached the 40,000 mark with an average of 5,759 violators being accosted daily, PNP chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said.
Citing data from the Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield, the PNP chief said that from August 6 to last Thursday alone, there were already a total of 40,314 violators apprehended, fined, and warned for various violations of public health safety protocols and quarantine guidelines in 34 Quarantine Control Points in Metro Manila being manned by members of the National Capital Region Police Office under Major Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr.
“Since the start of the ECQ implementation in Metro Manila on August 6, your PNP has been accosting an average of 5,759 violators per day. At mas mataas pa kung isasama natin ang mga violators naman sa apat na katabing probinsya ng National Capital Region,” Gen. Eleazar said.
Based on the data, the total number of violators would be 134,606 if the accosted violators in the four adjoining provinces of Metro Manila would be included—or a daily average of 19,229 accosted violators in NCR Plus.
The JTF COVID Shield headed by PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Lieutenant Gen. Israel Ephraim T. Dickson recorded the apprehension of 2,398 Unauthorized Persons Outside of Residence in Metro Manila or an average of 343 each day while overall, a total of 3,228 UPORs were sanctioned in NCR Plus averaging 539 per day.
“Let me reiterate then that the fight against the COVID-19 and all its variants is not only the government’s responsibility but is everybody’s obligation. Our first line of defense is to be mindful of our protection and that of our families,” Gen. Eleazar said.
Aside from NCR Plus, other provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao likewise stepped up in the implementation of a stricter quarantine due to the threat of the Delta Variant of COVID-19.
Gen. Eleazar cited a total of 231,856 violators in 1,243 QCPs nationwide manned by 10,986 detailed police.
On nationwide data, a total of 12,272 non-APOR violators were also recorded—averaging 1,733 per day, he said.