THE Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday expressed concern about the possibility that more places in areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 status will be jammed with people from all ages and called on all concerned to fully cooperate with authorities as they continue to enforce strict public health safety measures to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.
PNP chief General Dionardo B. Carlos said the downgraded alert level allows all ages outdoors, he has ordered his men to intensify their monitoring in Metro Manila, and seven other areas in the country to make sure that minimum public health standards are not disregarded.
Aside from the National Capital Region, several local government units such as Batanes, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Biliran, Southern Leyte, and Basilan have started implementing the Alert Level 2 protocol beginning February 1 until the middle of February.
The PNP expects that more people will really go outside since there is no policy limiting any age group from doing so, said the top cop.
“We have observed an increase of people going outdoors, including the children who are supposed to be prohibited in public places during those times when those areas were declared under Alert Level 3 or 4,” Gen. Carlos said.
He explained that the PNP will not take this in stride to avoid complacency among the public which was displayed in past experiences when restriction levels were de-escalated.
There have been observations that some people need to be reminded of the health protocol like the observance of physical distancing and wearing of face masks.
“We don’t want another surge happening so we ask for the public’s vigilance. The parents or guardians are given the liberty to decide whether or not to bring along minors with them when going out,” Gen. Carlos said.
According to the top official, the PNP trusts in the judgment call of the adults so as not to sacrifice the safety of the younger ones especially if there isn’t any important purpose to move them outside.
He said that it is important to note that even if the ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy has been lifted in Metro Manila since it was downgraded to alert level 2, the rule on the limited seating capacity of every Public Utility Vehicle is still in effect.
Deputized law enforcers will continue to monitor any violation relating to this policy, Gen .Carlos said.