Cops enforce strict ECQ guidelines as Cebu City battles COVID-19 pandemic

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2020 10:41 PM

CEBU CITY - Around 20 uniformed personnel from the Police Regional office 7 were given health packs as they went out of the isolation facility in Barangay Taptap, Cebu City. They were some of the police officers who have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In Central Visayas, about 50 PNP personnel have tested positive for COVID-19. Police Brigadier General Ignatius Ferro attributed this to their anti-crime operations.

"PRO 7 remains optimistic in a high recovery rate of COVID-19 among police frontliners in Region 7, " said Ferro in a statement.

Several police stations are currently on lockdown. The latest incident is Police Station 5 in Mandaue City, where 3 PNP personnel along with 3 persons under police custody tested positive for COVID-19.

Some offices under the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) have also implemented their own lockdown.

CCPO OIC Director Police Col. Cydric Tamayo said in a text message that one personnel in the CCPO compound tested positive for COVID-19. 

"Na-isolate kami lahat dito," said Tamayo.

But despite PNP personnel contracting the virus, they have beefed up their foot patrols in the streets of Cebu City as they implement the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). They are going after those going out of their homes with no quarantine passes.

"We cannot tolerate those with excuses, forgotten quarantine pass or in a hurry, we cannot accept this anymore," said Patrolman Ernie Amigo who mans a checkpoint in Barangay Mambaling where the most number of COVID-19 cases in Cebu City were recorded.

The city was reverted back to ECQ status by the national Inter-Agency Task Force on Monday. 

As of Thursday, the number of cases in Cabu City has already reached more than 4,000. However, 2,000 of the cases have recovered.

There is no response yet from IATF on the appeal of Mayor Edgardo Labella for the national government to place the city back to GCQ status. 

While on ECQ, a P500-million budget was released Wednesday for the purchase of food packs and hazard pay of frontliners as the city continues to battle COVID-19.