By Aaron Recuenco
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has sent almost 200 law enforcers to Mandaluyong City to implement the total lockdown in Barangay Addition Hills due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases there.
NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas said the operational security plan he ordered for Barangay Addition Hills and nearby areas are now also being implemented in order to contain the movement of people to adjacent barangays.
The deployment of more policemen, soldiers, and civilian volunteers was in support of an order from the Mandaluyong local government, which placed some areas in Barangay Addition Hills under heightened community quarantine from 12:01 a.m. of May 7 up to 11:59 p.m. of May 13.
Sinas said the 194 personnel are composed of Mandaluyong Police officers, members of the District Mobile Force Battalion and the Special Action Force, Army reservists, and members of the Bantay Bayan.
“They will man the eight barangay quarantine control points and 16 alley control points in the area to facilitate alley blocking, provide additional manpower to roving teams and investigation teams, and seal off the entry and exit points therein to enable better situation management,” Sinas said.
He explained that the deployment of more enforcers is necessary in order to allow Mandaluyong City health officials to conduct target testing on around 3,000 barangay constituents.
Based on the latest data, there were at least 57 residents who tested positive for the coronavirus in Barangay Addition Hills alone. Mandaluyong has more than 400 cases.