Soldiers, cops to enforce physical distancing in public markets: Nograles

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Posted at Apr 12 2020 12:24 PM

Soldiers, cops to enforce physical distancing in public markets: Nograles 1
Stall owners install plastic barriers and encourage physical distancing at the Las Pinas City public market on March 31, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A team of military and police personnel will be deployed to public markets to enforce physical distancing, Cabinet Secretary Nograles said Sunday.

The Department of Interior and Local Government will coordinate with local officials to systematize their respective public markets such as implementing a 1 entry, 1 exit policy to control crowds, Nograles said.

"Gagawa po tayo ng joint social distancing teams, made up of joint forces of AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and PNP (Philippine National Police) na ide-deploy sa public markets...para sila ang mag-enforce ng strict social distancing measures," he said in a virtual press briefing.

"It will be a joint team of AFP, PNP with the assistance of LGUs (local government units)."

Nograles said the government's inter-agency task force handling the COVID-19 pandemic agreed on the policy after physical distancing was not observed in Balintawak Market in Quezon City.

Mayor Joy Belmonte has since ordered its retail operations to stop. Affected retail vendors will be accommodated by the QC Fresh Market on Wheels program, she said.