Police presence in shopping malls and other public places in Metro Manila have been doubled to ensure the restriction of minors in these areas amid the threat of COVID-19.
Police Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said he has tasked police commanders to regularly coordinate with mall managers and security officers of various go-to places in business and public places to ensure that other minimum health safety standard protocols are observed.
“Pandemic is not yet over, and the COVID-19 virus is still everywhere, therefore, I would like to reiterate to our public that minors are still restricted inside Metro Manila malls as agreed upon by the Metro Manila local governments,” said Danao.
“I have doubled visibility of PNP uniformed personnel in shopping malls and other areas of convergence not only to maintain minimum health standards and protocols but to ensure that children are not allowed to enter,” he added.
While the Inter-Agency Task Force has lowered the age restriction, from 18-years-old to 15, of people who could go out, some local government units decided not to follow.
The Quezon City government for instance has passed a resolution imposing sanctions on parents who would accompany their minor children to public areas.
Metro Manila mayors had earlier rejected the approval of the IATF to allow children inside the shopping malls.
“Without a doubt, the health and safety of our children is our primordial concern, thus, we cannot allow them to wander and contract the virus inside malls. To our young ones, remain at home, enjoy the company of your family, and minimize the risk of getting infected,” said Danao.
He said his move to double the presence of policemen is in anticipation of that some families would insist in going to the malls for Christmas shopping and other activities.