PNP asks barangay watchmen to help keep public indoors during lockdown

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 24 2020 12:50 PM

PNP asks barangay watchmen to help keep public indoors during lockdown 1
Residents of Barangay Batis in San Juan City wait for the distribution of relief goods on March 23, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- The Philippine National Police on Tuesday asked watchmen in barangays to help keep Filipinos in their homes during the month-long Luzon lockdown as he cited difficulties faced by police officers in manning checkpoints.

Village watchmen can make rounds to ensure that residents in their areas are not loitering around and comply with the home quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), said Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, PNP deputy chief for operations.

“Ang tama pong gawin ng ating mga barangay, mga barangay tanod ay tumulong po kayo para sa inyong lugar na nasasakupan na mapaalalahanan itong mga kababayan natin na mag-stay sa loob ng bahay,” Eleazar said in a televised press briefing.

(What our village watchmen should do is to help remind residents in your areas to stay indoors.)

“Hindi namin (police) po puwede puntahan lahat ng sulok o lugar ng ating mga komunidad,” he added.

(Police can’t check every corner of our communities.)

State forces, including police officers, were sent to man borders and enforce guidelines of the Luzon-wide lockdown, which took effect Tuesday last week and will last until April 12.

The lockdown meant strict home confinement in all households, suspension of public transport, regulation of provision for food and essential health services, and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce isolation procedures.