PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Saturday reminded food delivery riders to strictly observe the minimum public health safety standards and quarantine protocols.
The top cop issued the friendly reminder after his office received reports that some delivery riders have been failing to follow safety protocols while waiting for their clients’ orders at restaurants and other food establishments.
Some are not wearing their face masks properly while others were reported to be smoking in their waiting areas.
“Sa mga nakalipas na araw, ilang ulit na nakatanggap ang inyong PNP ng mga reklamo at sumbong tungkol sa mga paglabag ng mga delivery riders ng minimum public health safety protocols sa kanilang mga waiting areas sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa Metro Manila,” Eleazar said.
“Dahil dito, inatasan ko na ang ating mga chiefs of police at station commanders na makipag-ugnayan sa kani-kanilang mga LGUs at pati na rin sa mga manager ng business establishments upang mahigpit na maipatupad ang mga protocols laban sa COVID-19,” he added.
The PNP chief told riders that there are existing laws and ordinances for the observance of minimum public health safety standards and quarantine protocols which must be strictly followed.
At the same time, he told his men manning quarantine control points and border checkpoints and those patrolling the streets to observe maximum tolerance and politely call the attention of delivery riders caught violating the guidelines.
“Alam natin ang hirap at sakripisyo ng ating mga delivery riders ngayong pandemya. Pero kung may mapapansin ang ating kapulisan na mga riders na hindi sumusunod sa minimum public health safety standards at quarantine protocols ay tatawagin natin ang kanilang pansin at paalalahanan,” Eleazar said.
The PNP chief also called on the public to send their complaints and other concerns complete with video and photographs to their E-Sumbong with the assurance that their reports will be promptly acted upon.