Top cop reminds personnel to take care of their health

Police Regional Office 6 director Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan distributes boxes of face masks and fruits to Dumarao town Police chief Major Larnel Frial which will be distributed to personnel conducting security check points in the borders of Iloilo and Capiz provinces. (PIA)

By Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, Western Visayas Police regional director, reminded officers in the region to take good care of their health.

During his inspection at the Capiz-Iloilo border in barangay Aglalana, Dumarao, Capiz last March 23, Pamuspusan said the police, who are among the frontliners in the prevention of the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are also at risk while performing their function to ensure peace and order.

“Please take good care of your health and still continue working for the safety of the people of Western Visayas,” he said.

“I’m sure na ang ginagawa natin ay para sa kabutihan ng nakararami so tayo ay kailangan magsakripisyo. Ituloy-tuloy lang natin ang ating trabaho.”

Pamuspusan said nobody knows when the COVID-19 threat will end as he appealed to police officers to have patience.

He said that their troop are also conscious of the safety protocols as and are always reminded of their health, wellness and safety amid this health crisis.

The region’s top cop also urged officers to report to their higher officers if they are not feeling well, or they know that one of their colleagues manifests signs and symptoms of the disease.

“Huwag tayong mag hesitate na mag report at huwag tayong magtago. Alam natin na tayong mga frontliners are the ones exposed in this disease,” he said.

Pamuspusan said they have not received reports of police officers having COVID-19 symptoms.

“However in areas with confirmed cases, we are trying to restrict the movements of police,” he added.

As part of their prevention measures, police continue conduct daily disinfection of their offices.

They will also distribute improvised disinfectants to be applied on PNP personnel’s uniforms, he said.

Meanwhile, Pamuspusan revealed that all systems in the conduct of checkpoints in the borders within Western Visayas were orderly and in place.

“There were no problems encountered especially in the borders as there is a smooth and continuous food delivery, except for a glitch at first at the port which was immediately corrected,” he said.

As to peace and order in the communities, he said they have very minimal recorded cases. (PIA)