Community quarantine violators reach 8,578 in Caraga region

Published November 5, 2020, 8:56 AM

by Mike Crismundo

CAMP COL. RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – The regional command of Caraga Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) reported on Thursday that a total of 8,578 community quarantine violators has been recorded in various areas in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region.

This record was registered since the assumption of PRO 13 Regional Director P/Brig. Gen. Romeo M. Caramat, Jr., from September 17 to Nov. 2, 2020.

The Caraga’s top cop disclosed that out of the total number of violators, 724 were apprehended for violating curfew hours, 3,807 for disobedience to a person in authority, 3,220 for not wearing a face mask, and 827 for violation of social distancing.

Of the total number of community quarantine violators, 7,035 were fined and 1,536 were warned. 

Charges were filed against the seven violators who committed criminal acts, the region’s top police official said.

He said the increase in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases is attributable to the large number of community quarantine violators who remain non-compliant with the minimum health standards set by the authorities in the fight against the coronavirus disease.

“We continue to call on the public for cooperation as this war against COVID-19 will be far from over if the public remains uncooperative with the authorities,” Caramat said.

Meanwhile, with the increasing number of PRO 13 personnel infected with COVID-19, the Regional Pastoral Office 13 conducted psycho-spiritual interventions and lecture series to the 251 quarantined personnel of PRO 13 to integrate mental health and spiritual care.

The Regional Pastoral Office 13 is one of the members of the Administrative Support for the COVID-19 Task Force of PRO 13.

Data from the Regional Health Service (RHS) 13 revealed that as of Nov. 4, 2020, PRO 13 has a total of 84 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 64 recoveries, while the remaining 20 active cases are mostly asymptomatic.

Reverend Father P/Capt. Rey A. Ibanez, Regional Pastoral Officer of PRO 13, conducted the psycho-spiritual interventions and lecture series to the 251 quarantined personnel.

Caramat commended the Regional Pastoral Office 13 for taking the initiative of conducting psycho-spiritual interventions to the men and women of PNP Caraga who are on quarantine and making sure that their mental health and spiritual well-being are given priority.

“Even amidst the increasing number of COVID-19 confirmed cases among the personnel of PNP Caraga, your police will remain relentless in our efforts to serve and protect the people,” Caramat said.

He appealed for the cooperation of the public and for them to follow the protocols and minimum health standards set by the authorities to stop the spread of COVID-19.