THE still rising number of COVID-19 cases must raise the cue for well-meaning and law-abiding citizens to now pick up the ball and join the intensified campaign against quarantine violators.
This, they will do by reporting to the authorities quarantine violators in their areas, according to Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield commander Lt/Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.
That’s why Eleazar underscored the importance of setting up police and local government unit (LGU) “hotlines” as part of the government’s bid to halt the further spread of the killer virus.
Eleazar urged police commanders to coordinate with local government authorities for the printing of tarpaulins bearing the police and LGU hotline numbers. The tarpaulins must be placed in conspicuous places in the barangay.
He called on all well-meaning Filipino citizens to report violators of quarantine protocols, like wearing of face masks, to PNP hotlines and social media accounts of local PNP units and barangays.
Eleazar said “naniniwala kami na maraming gustong magsumbong…pero natatakot o nahihiya silang i-report (ang mga) ito dahil mga kamag-anak at kapitbahay nila ang mga violator.”
He said anybody can report to the JTF hotlines 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and 0917-538-2495 (GLOBE). The task force can also be reached thru its e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco F. Gamboa had earlier approved the designation of quarantine rules supervisors (QRSs) or PNP COVID-19 Focal Persons in the more than 42,000 barangays across the country.
These PNP COVID-19 Focal Persons will be tasked to ensure the strict enforcement of minimum health standard protocols at the community level, according to Eleazar.
Certainly, the Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens, have the moral responsibility to help the authorities in ensuring the success of government programs and projects.