PNP to deploy more cops as NCR eases to Alert Level 3

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, CNN Philippines, October 16) — The Philippine National Police plans to deploy more police officers in public areas and establishments as the pandemic response task force eased Metro Manila's COVID-19 alert level status, its chief said Saturday.

Despite the downgrade in the capital's alert level, PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar said the police will still strictly enforce health protocols to avoid another surge in new infections.

"Sa pag-uumpisa ng implementasyon ng Alert Level 3 sa Metro Manila, inatasan ko na ang ating mga unit commanders sa Kalakhang Maynila na maging alerto at aktibo sa pagpapatupad ng minimum public health safety dahil baka maging kampante ang ating mga kababayan sa pagluwag ng patakaran na mauwi lamang sa muling pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID sa ating bansa," he was quoted as saying in a statement Saturday.

[Translation: With the implementation of Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila, I have instructed our unit commanders in Metro Manila to be alert and active in the implementation of minimum public health safety because our countrymen may become complacent, which may lead to a resurgence of COVID cases in our country.]

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Eleazar said police officers must also cooperate not just with local government units, but also with business establishments. He instructed more police to patrol these areas.

The Inter-Agency Task Force earlier this week decided to place the capital region under Alert Level 3 from Saturday, Oct. 16 to 31.

This allows establishments to expand their operations, with 50% outdoor venue capacity and an indoor venue capacity of 30% for fully vaccinated individuals.

READ: Cinemas, theme parks at limited capacity: What to expect under Alert Level 3