CENTRAL Visayas policemen will continue their vigilance amid the decision of the Cebu provincial government to lift the curfew hours in the province which has been proven to be a major crime deterrent, Philippine National Police chief, General Dionardo B. Carlos said on Sunday.
According to the top cop, the Police Regional Office 7 headed by Brigadier Gen. Roque Edgardo Vega will adhere to the Executive Order issued by the Cebu provincial authorities but will continue monitoring the movement of people in public and enforce minimum health safety protocols.
Cebu authorities earlier capitol decided to terminate the curfew rule following the downgrading of the province to COVID Alert Level 2 with the increased vaccination coverage in the province.
However, the PRO7 will maintain its vigilance as the EO stipulates that the province-wide curfew for minors will stay from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. The exception is when they are accompanied by a parent or an adult guardian for a reasonable purpose.
“Here comes our duty to brief our police personnel on how to check on the minors and their companion who go outside beyond the allowed time. Police visibility will remain to monitor them,” Gen. Carlos said.
The order does not cover the highly-urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
Earlier, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes released an order to lift the curfew.
“We see this as important steps transitioning into the new normal. Other LGUs around the country may follow suit, so we better prepare ourselves for that. Every police unit/station must form their localize strategies so they can still manage to remind the public of the health protocols despite the easing of restrictions,” Gen. Carlos said.