By Aaron Recuenco
Police quick reaction teams (QRT) were among those deployed in checkpoints set up to contain the movement of people in the implementation of guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Gen. Archie Gamboa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the police quick reaction teams have separate tasks in the checkpoints – which is to isolate those who are suspected to be virus-carriers.
“For example, there is a person with high temperature based on the thermal scanner, the QRT is going to isolate him and bring him to the quarantine area,” said Gamboa.
“The job of the QRTs is just to bring the person showing symptoms of COVID-19 to another place,” said Gamboa.
Earlier, the PNP admitted that its personnel manning the checkpoints lack some of the protective gears to keep them safe from possible virus infection.
Gamboa said that the problem is already being addressed.
But in the case of the QRTs, Gamboa said all of its members are fully protected.
The PNP, it was recalled, was the main unit tasked to implement the guidelines on community quarantine.