OFFICIAL STATEMENT “PNP FRONTLINERS INFECTED BY COVID-19 VIRUS
The continuous targeted mass testing of frontliners being conducted by Provincial Health Office led by Dra Anna De Guzman once again successfully detected and identified some frontliners who are infected by COVID-19 due to their prolonged exposure in the field because of their passion and dedication to serve the people of Pangasinan. The personnel of Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, since March 15, 2020 when President Rodrigo R Duterte placed the entire Luzon on Enhanced Community Quarantine are performing their sworn duties by manning the 200 checkpoints in the entire province and implementing the IATF Guidelines to slow down the spread of the virus.
That the PNP leadership since then is anticipating that personnel on the frontlines are prone and succeptible to infection; that is why PNP Quarantine and Isolation facilities were built to cater to the projected PNP patients.
As of this date, more or less 1,900 Pangasinan PPO personnel were subjected to PCR test and 15 were found to be positive to COVID-19 as the results were released today. The infected PNP frontliners are being taken cared of by the personnel of PNP Health Service and Municipal Health Officers in the quarantine facilities. Fourteen are asymptomatic while only one has a slight cold.
The Provincial Police Office is on temporary lockdown, while the offices are being disinfected by BFP SRU. The contact tracing is being conducted vigorously by personnel of police station where the patients reside. It is the intention of the leadership that the 2, 745 personnel of Pangasinan Police Provincial Office be tested so as comply with strategic direction of the National IATF that is to DETECT, ISOLATE, TREAT and REINTEGRATE those who are infected.
Police Offices implemented work from home and 50/50 work scheme to provide personnel with the appropriate rest to boost their immune system.
The Pangasinan PPO remains steadfast in our commitment to perform our sworn duties despite the risk posed by the invisible enemy.
There will be no let up in our campaign to strictly enforce the protocols/guidelines of Modified General Community Quarantine. We are soliciting the support and full cooperation of the community so that we can altogether stop the spread of COVID-19.
PCOL REDRICO A MARANAN
Provincial Director, Pangasinan PPO