POLICE GENERAL ARCHIE FRANCISCO F GAMBOA
Chief, Philippine National Police
March 31, 2020
I have directed all local police units to provide every possible assistance and security to medical staff and health workers following the two separate incidents of violent attacks in Cebu and Sultan Kudarat in recent days.
At this time of national health emergency, the Philippine National Police stands doubly committed to apply the full might of the law against any person who will lay hands on our health workers, thus, we shall do whatever it takes to protect them from crime, violence, and any form of oppression and discrimination.
Government has provided 16 daily bus routes around Metro Manila and suburbs to shuttle health workers to and from their duty stations. For added peace of mind of our health workers, PNP personnel manning Quarantine Control Stations are under instructions to extend utmost assistance to them, to include escorting them to their assigned hospitals, if need be.
This is a duty that we in the police service must extend to our fellow frontliners who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Filipino people in this global battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the guidance of the IATF-MEID, PNP units manning Quarantine Control Points are under strict orders to guarantee safe and unimpeded passage of food products, basic and essential commodities and authorized personnel categorized in the medical, agricultural, industrial and utilities sectors, subject to existing biosafety and quarantine protocols.
To ensure uniform implementation of IATF-MEID guidelines, all QCPs at the Barangay level must be coordinated with the Municipal Joint Task Group and directly supervised by the PNP Unit Commander or Chief of Police.
During the first three weeks of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon, we have arrested filed appropriate charges against 593 persons arrested for hoarding, profiteering and price manipulation of prices of consumer goods, medical supplies and other commodities.
To help mitigate the effects of this national emergency to the local economy and domestic consumer market, the PNP will step-up police operations in support of DTI to strictly enforce the price act and pertinent provisions of the Bayanihan Act of 2020 even as I urge traders, retailers and businessmen to heed President Duterte’s call “…hindi ngayon ang panahon para kumita lalo na ang pagsasamantala…”