Lingayen, Pangasinan — Police authorities in Pangasinan warned the public and local officials to strictly follow the protocols of the extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ) being implemented in the province.
“Sa pagpapalawig ng extreme enhanced community quarantine dito sa ating lalawigan, makakaasa ang ating mga kababayan na andito sa loob ng ating probinsiya na mas mahigpit ang pagpapatupad ng mga guidelines galing sa inter-agency COVID-19 task force national level,” Pangasinan Police Provincial Office Chief Redrico Maranan said.
Maranan also reiterated the marching order of Governor Amado I. Espino III for police authorities to strictly enforce the EECQ guidelines being implemented in the province.
“Patuloy ang aming ugnayan sa ating butihing Governor. Katatapos lang ng amin pagpupulong at lagi siyang on top of the situation on the ground,” Col. Maranan said.
The breach of the EECQ protocol, Maranan said, has led to the arrest of two barangay officials from Urbiztondo town. Onboard a police mobile and a private car, the barangay officials fetched and brought to the province individuals (returning Pangasinenses from outside of the province) who didn’t even passed through a quarantine control area.
The move was very risky, Maranan said, citing the damage it will cause if the individuals brought to the province would later on become positive of COVID-19.
“Their breach of EECQ protocol weakens our defensive push core,” said Maranan.
“Basta ikaw ay lumabag sa EECQ guidelines na ating ipinapatutupad kahit ikaw ay karaniwang tao, kahit ikaw ay may katungkulan sa pamahalaan kapag ikaw ay nagkamali ay ikaw ay huhuliin, aarestuhin at ikukulong,” he said.
Maranan said a local chief executive in the province is facing a case for breach of EECQ guidelines. A barangay tanod in Manaoag was also sued for spreading panic buying.
The police provincial command chief reminds Pangasinenses that only authorized persons outside residence (APOR) are allowed to pass through (enter and exit) an EECQ checkpoint.
Frontliners are APOR. They are the health workers, police officers, soldiers, elected government officials, and those having official functions for food and medicine preparation and transport, and other basic necessities needed for human survival.
For OFWs returning to the Philippines, Maranan said they have to undergo a 14-day quarantine in the country of origin. Upon arriving to the Philippines the OFW is advised to quarantine for 14-days in a hotel or other accomodation facility in Manila.
After completing the prescribed quarantine protocol, the Overseas Filipino Workers Welfare Administration will issue a certificate of quarantine completion to a returning OFW before heading to his/her home locality, where he/she will also undergo a 14-day home quarantine.
It was noted that for the past weeks of the EECQ hoisted over the province, a significant 70% decrease of crime rate has been recorded. The then usual 22 incidents recorded for a day is now reported for just a month.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca