Stricter health protocols to be enforced as Metro Manila reverts to GCQ

Authorities will be stricter in implementing health protocols in Metro Manila as it reverts back to a less restrictive quarantine on Wednesday, August 19.

A resident rides her bicycle past armed soldiers along a street in Navotas on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“ local chief executives ng Metro Manila…while they recommended na pwede ng mapunta sa GCQ (general community quarantine), pero ang gusto nila stricter enforcement ng mga protocol na ito, at yun po ang gagawin ng ating mga kapulisan sa tulong ng ating mga force multipliers (Our local chief executives in Metro Manila…while they recommended that the region can revert back to GCQ, they wanted stricter enforcement of protocols, and that’s what the police force will do…with the help of our force multipliers),” Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, chief of Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield, told DZMM Teleradyo on Tuesday.

Eleazar said authorities will still have checkpoints which are located in strategic locations in the metro.

Police visibility will likewise remain high, he added.

The JFT COVID shield chief said force multipliers, particularly the barangay chiefs and local government public order and safety personnel will also help in reprimanding violators of health protocols.

Eleazar said it will be good if local government units can come up with ordinances regarding the use of face shields.

“Para meron specific tayo na pwedeng pag basehan sa pag-aaresto sa kanila (So we could have a basis for arresting the violators),” he said.

Face shields are required to be worn in public transport and workplaces.