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Army, PNP frontliners
in Negros Covid-free


Police personnel assisting medical health personnel in border control operations in Negros Occidental remained COVID-19 free, provincial police spokesman Maj. Edison Garcia yesterday said.

Aside from manning the quarantine control areas, members of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office in different towns and cities are implementing the Enhanced Community Quarantine, as stated in the executive order issued by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, until April 14 this year.

As of April 4, the PNP Health Service recorded 14 confirmed cases and two COVID-19 related deaths in the PNP organization in other parts of the country.

To ensure that Army personnel will be COVID-free, Capt. Cenon Pancito, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, yesterday said those rendering disease-related duties are required to undergo quarantine and may only resume duties after the prescribed period.

Pancito also reported that 3ID soldiers stationed in Western and Central Visayas remained COVID-19 free.

Brig. Gen. Marni Marcos, acting director for Comptrollership, said in a PNP-issued statement that they are fast-tracking the release of funds allocated for the hazard pay of police personnel, who are rendering duties as ECQ frontliners.

Marcos said that a uniform rate of P235 a day, or a total of not more than P7,050 a month, will be extended to all ECQ frontliners.

He added that the PNP coordinates with the Department of Budget and Management for availability of additional funds to complete the maximum pay of P500 for frontliners.

Marcos said that the PNP also links with the Accredited Private Lending Institutions with regard to the suspension of loan deductions to augment the financial capabilities of their personnel and to increase their Net Take Home Pay.

The loan deductions, he said, will benefit their respective families as they face the effects of the crisis caused by the pandemic.*


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