PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar appealed to the public to be more responsible when visiting public and leisure areas amid the enforcement of Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila.
This as reports came that health and safety protocols were supposedly not observed by those visiting the Dolomite Beach.
Eleazar tasked the concerned police offices and units to make sure that enough policemen are deployed in these areas to help the marshals in implementing safety standards and controlling the crowd.
“Paulit-ulit ang ating paalala sa publiko na mahigpit na sumunod sa minimum health standards lalo na kung nasa pampublikong lugar o pasyalan gaya ng Dolomite Beach. Nauunawaan ko ang kagustuhan ng ating mga kababayan na makalabas ng kanilang mga tahanan, subalit kung hindi tayo mag-iingat ay hindi malabong tumaas na naman ang kaso ng COVID-19 at mapilitan na naman ang gobyerno na maghigpit sa mga protocols,” Eleazar said.
“Inatasan ko na ang ating unit commanders na siguraduhin na sapat ang bilang ng ating kapulisan sa mga pampublikong lugar upang matiyak ang pagsunod sa minimum public health safety na siya din namang ipinapakiusap sa ating ng Department of Health,” he added.
Still, Eleazar reminded police personnel to observe maximum tolerance, especially to those who will be caught violating the protocols.
The national government decided to downgrade Metro Manila’s alert status to Level 3 amid the decrease in COVID-19 infections.
The said alert level will be implemented until the end of October.
Several establishments are allowed to operate at 30% indoor venue capacity only for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50% outdoor venue capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.