PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Saturday ordered the strict implementation of granular lockdowns in parts of Metro Manila which has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
According to the top cop, although the quarantine status in the metropolis has been downgraded from ECQ to MECQ, they are not letting their guards down since the threat of COVID-19 especially its more infectious variants is still here.
“Tatalima tayo sa kautusan sa PNP na maigting na pagpapatupad ng granular lockdowns sa mga lugar na mataas ang kaso ng COVID-19,” Eleazar said.
“I have tasked police chiefs to prepare their men for this,” he added as he instructed the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr. to ensure that their men will continue to ensure that minimum public health safety standards and quarantine protocols are strictly observed.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Benhur Abalos said areas in NCR where there are increases in the number of COVID-19 cases would be placed under granular lockdowns.
The national government has placed NCR under MECQ until the end of August.
Under MECQ, al fresco dine-in services are prohibited. Meanwhile, care services including beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops and nail spas are also not allowed.
Eleazar sought the cooperation of the public and urged them not to be hard-headed during these trying times.