BALINGASAG, Misamis Oriental–A top-ranking police official in Misamis Oriental yesterday said that the local police is ready to meet the challenges in this time of neo-normal amid the health crisis brought about by the Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19)
Police Colonel Robert Roy V. Bahian, Provincial Director of Police Provincial Police Office (PPO), said the local police is just implementing the minimum health protocol based on the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
“We are now in neo-normal meaning it is but normal for us to wear face masks, observe physical distancing and follow health protocol to avoid being contaminated with the virus,” Bahian said.
He said that aside from helping local healt care workers, the local police is also doing its best to continue the drive against illegal drugs.
Police Major Cecelio Q. Orcullo, chief of Balingasag Police Station, said his men are now busy in helping local health workers in ensuring that the virus will not spread.
“The job of the local police is to help health in the containment of an area,” sad Orcullo after the IATF order a dstrict hospital in Balingasag town closed for 14 days due to the reported local transmissions of Covid-19.
The district hospital is located in Barangay 3, als in Balingasag town. He said the IATF ordered the district hospital closed since August 1.
Captain mark Allan Dungca, chief of Tagoloan Police Station, said that the Covid-19 did not stop his team from conducting massive campaign against illegal drugs.
As a result, Dungca said that his men have already arrested six individuals engaged in illegal drug trade.
Also in July, Dungca said that a certain Michael Dagus Fernanez, considered one of the high-value targets in Tagoloan town was arrested.
In the month of July alone said Dungca that his men managed to arrest six individuals engaged in illegal drug trade.
“This aside from our tasks in helping local health workers in the containment of a certain area,” he said.
He also said that the local police is also implementing curfew [from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.] and is implementing local ordinances in line with Covid-19.