Eleazar wants more cops at 'Dolomite beach', tasks MPD to coordinate with LGU, DENR

Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered on Monday, Oct, 25, the Manila Police District to coordinate with both the Manila City government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to ensure the proper enforcement of the minimum public health safety protocol at the controversial "Dolomite Beach" at the Manila Bay.

This, as thousands of people flocked to the area over the weekend. Those who were seen were children. Authorities temporarily stopped the entry of visitors when the crowd reached 4,000.

photo: Ali Vicoy

"We understand that some of the people wanted to go out after months of lockdown but this should not serve as an excuse to ignore the health safety especially of the children who were seen in the area," said Eleazar.

Eleazar reiterated his appeal to the public to strictly observe the minimum health standards if they wished to go to the Dolomite beach or other public areas.

“Ang ating kaligtasan ay nakasalalay din sa disiplina natin sa sarili kaya tutulong ang mga pulis upang ipaalala ito sa inyo dahil baka humabol kayo sa Undas kung patuloy ninyong babalewalain ang mga patakaran para sa inyong kaligtasan sa gitna ng pandemya (Our safety also lies in our self-discipline and with happened, the PNP will be hekping to remind the people of their safety)," said Eleazar.

The PNP Chief pointed out, “Part of this self-discipline is making a conscious effort to strictly adhere to minimum public health standards and avoiding crowded areas where physical distancing would be almost impossible to observe.”