Following the easing of quarantine restrictions in the country, Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has ordered local police commanders to strengthen coordination with their respective local government units (LGUs), and recalibrate their security and health measures.

“The role of the LGUs is now very essential now that the restrictions were further eased. It is important then for our police commanders to initiate moves to maximize the use of force multipliers such as barangay tanods, security guards, and the public order and safety personnel of the LGUs,” said Eleazar.

“They should work closely and constantly under one objective, which is to ensure that the protection of the public against the coronavirus infection will not be sacrificed on our way to the gradual normalization of our economic and daily activities,” the police official continued.

“It is important that our commanders on the ground must re-strategize in order to continue ensuring the protection of the people. We should make sure that all our kababayan will continue to follow the rules not only for their safety but also for the protection of everybody from this virus,” he added.

In July, medical societies urged the national government to rethink its approach to the pandemic. They also called for an end to “Duterte-style lockdowns,” which they slammed as “unscientific” and “oppressive.”

“A militarist handling instead of a medical approach to the pandemic wreaks fear among the people and proliferates human rights violations—while doing little, if not nothing, to curb the number of cases and spread of disease,” the Coalition for People’s Right to Health said then.

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