PNP to enforce no vaccine, no work rule

Published December 4, 2021, 2:22 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will bar its 1,049 personnel from reporting to duty in compliance with the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said that as of Dec. 3, only 1,040 personnel have been refusing to get the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for no valid reason.

The figure represents 0.45 percent of the PNP 99 percent of the PNP personnel have already been vaccinated.

“We have exerted all effort to convince our personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We understand that this may be a matter of their personal choice but our priority is the general welfare at this time of pandemic,” said Carlos.

“The way to go is to educate them about the benefits instead of just forcing them. We will invite health experts to have a session with them,” he added.

But he said they will continuously encourage the remaining police personnel to get their jabs done by providing them more helpful information about the benefits of getting the vaccine.

Based on the IATF resolution, public or private employee should provide proof of their vaccination if they want to be allowed to report for work and entry into the branch.

The unvaccinated employee can only return to work upon presentation of a negative RT-PCR result which will be submitted every two weeks.

Partially vaccinated employees, whose schedule for the second dose of their vaccine has already lapsed, are also required to undergo and submit a negative RT-PCR test result every two weeks until they are fully vaccinated.

If employees can’t submit a negative RT-PCR result, they will be marked as absent that will automatically be charged to the remaining sick leave credits.

In the event that sick leaves are no longer available, the company may apply for the available vacation leaves. In case that neither sick leave nor vacation leave is available, the no-work no-pay rule shall apply.

Carlos said the PNP will consult the IATF on the extent of consideration for those who may have valid reason such as other health complication.

“But what is clear is that the PNP isn’t exempted from this latest IATF decision and it is our duty to comply. Being law enforcers mean setting an example as law-abiding individuals,” said Carlos.