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Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga- Following the pronouncement of Pres Rodrigo Duterte placing entire Luzon under “Enhanced Community Quarantine”, police officers in Central Luzon started implementing quarantine checkpoints/control points along borders and boundaries of each province regionwide in a bid to prevent the wide spread of COVID-19.

PRO3 Regional Director PBGEN RHODEL O SERMONIA said that starting 12MN of March 17, 2020, almost 10,000 PNP personnel are deployed all over the region and are currently manning said control points. Authorities carry thermal scanner guns to check if those who want to enter and exit the borders of each province are showing flu-like symptoms.

Meanwhile, strict implementation of all the directives of Pres Duterte for the entire duration of the enhanced community quarantine is being carried out and failure to abide by the foregoing guidelines and measures shall be subjected to appropriate action, both criminal and administrative, in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. 

PBGEN SERMONIA also urged the public to cooperate with authorities as the PNP is trying its best in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

“It is definitely an inconvenience to all of us but we are doing this for the safety and protection of every one. I have directed our personnel to always uphold the law and respect for human rights must be observed at all times,” he added.

As of press time, the top cop of Central Luzon together with his Command Group is relentlessly conducting inspection in all established control points to ensure proper implementation.