As the opening of classes start on Monday, Oct. 5, the Joint Task Force COVID Shield tasked all police commanders to intensify police visibility especially in public areas that are known to be hangout places in the community as part of the measures to ensure that online learners would not be distracted by unnecessary noise that include videoke.
Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, commander of the JTF COVID Shield, said since online classes would be done at home, noises especially coming from the gathering of quarantine violators in the community that include those who engage in videoke and drinking sessions must be stopped.
“Our local police personnel and barangay officials should work together to extend all the necessary assistance to make sure that our online learners would be able to concentrate on their study,” said Eleazar.
Eleazar said that he had already coordinated with the PNP Chief, General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, who in turn, ordered intensified police visibility on the streets and other public places in the community.
He said police commanders were also tasked to coordinate with local government units (LGUs), particularly at the barangay level, to strictly implement local ordinances that would support the online classes.
Among them, he said, are ordinances against drinking in public and ordinances in regulating the use of videoke specially during online classes.
Eleazar said that every home should be conducive for learning and the least that police, in partnership with barangay officials, could do is to minimize unnecessary noise especially coming from quarantine violators.
“Your JTF COVID Shield understands the difficulties in online classes especially for the students because almost all of them are new to this. That is why we are finding ways to help them at least in making their homes and their community conducive for learning,” said Eleazar.
The JTF COVID Shield initiative was buoyed by viral videos about how hard-headed quarantine violators would scamper away once a police patrol vehicle passes by.
Eleazar said videos showing how quarantine violators would run away and immediately return to their homes as police cars approach their area is proof that they were aware they were violating the quarantine rules.
In some of these viral videos, most of those who would scamper away are not wearing face masks and are violating rules on mass gathering.
“The police presence on the streets and in the community is also in time for the start of the classes for public schools nationwide. Through the police presence in the community, our online learners would not be disturbed and distracted by the noises coming from the people who hang out on the streets,” said Eleazar.