ILIGAN CITY: The Northern Mindanao Police Regional Office (PRO-10) based in Cagayan de Oro City has recorded 5,422 general community quarantine (GCQ) violators as it stepped up operations while tougher measures of community quarantine against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is implemented.
In a statement to reporters, PRO-10 regional director PBgen Rolando B Anduyan said that based on record from March 17 to May 3, 2020, there were 4,276 violators warned, 843 fined, 69 arrested and 55 cases filed on violation of curfew, while 192 persons arrested and 189 cases filed during the implementation of Community Quarantine.
During this period, 42 persons were arrested for violation of overpricing or profiteering of essentials goods, he added.
PRO-10 had continually monitored the 24 Quarantine Control Points throughout the provincial boundary and 14 regional boundaries on Northern Mindanao.
Also, quick response teams were augmented to Cagayan de Oro City to intensify its community patrol to ensure public safety while implementing the social distancing and checking of Barangay Exit Pass of the people who are outside their residence and provide security coverage during the distribution of Social Amoliaration Program as the entire region is placed under general community quarantine.
“The PNP together with the RJTF CV Shield and LGUs will not allow our last line of defense, the medical health workers, to get infected by the virus due to GCQ violators because this will increase the risk of our hospitals being overtaken by COVID-19 cases,” said Anduyan.
“We need to strictly impose the law to mitigate the continued risks faced by frontline PNP personnel who were exposed to increasing number of people and motorists violating the GCQ at checkpoints,” he added.
PRO-10 encouraged the community to stay inside their homes if they do not have important transactions outside. However, they may come out to work, buy food and medicine, and other urgent matters.
It also appealed to the public to always follow the guidelines of the authorities especially staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, maintenance of peace and order and never to disseminate any fake information that will cause panic and distress to the people which may lead to a problem.
Masiding Noor Yahya