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Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga – Central Luzon police Regional Director PBGEN RHODEL O SERMONIA said that with Pres Duterte's declaration of a "State of Public Health Emergency" throughout the country, the entire police force of Region 3 continues to beef up its security operations not only in terms of anti-criminality but also for the COVID-19 outbreak.

He also said that starting midnight, today, police personnel all over the region conducted simultaneous checkpoint operations as part of the efforts to contain COVID-19 and as preventive measures to safeguard the health of the public especially that the Department of Health Central Luzon announced that the region has already 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of whom has passed away.

Relatedly, more than a hundred police personnel are already deployed as perimeter security at the New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac as repatriates from California is set to arrive any time, today (March 15).

"We are always ready to help during health crisis and would always abide to orders but will only act depending on the disposition of the Department of Health," PBGEN SERMONIA added.

PRO3 together with concerned agencies has issued guidelines on the conduct of checkpoint operations relative to COVID-19 to avoid public confusion.