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New PNPA director ensures fast COVID-19 response

NEWLY-INSTALLED Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) director, Major General Gilberto DC Cruz Monday assured that all health measures imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) are being imposed at the Academy to ensure the well-being of all its cadets being trained to become future police, jail and fire officials.

One week after he assumed his post, Cruz, himself a PNPA graduate, said proactive response and measures against COVID-19 have been immediately implemented to protect the Cadet Corps amid findings that 232 cadets and 11 PNP personnel have contracted the deadly virus, many of them asymptomatic but are now on their way to full recovery.

To date, the member of PNPA Class 1986 said that a total of 6,500 face shields, 16,000 face masks, 1,100 pieces of carry-on canisters and alcohol have already been distributed to each cadet for easy disinfection and protection, compliant to the guidelines of the Department of Health.

Cruz said that a total of 1,406 cadets and PNPA personnel have been subjected to an RT-PCR test to assess the overall condition of the Academy.

The official said that five isolation facilities with complete amenities, food and medical supplies were also immediately established upon his order.

Cruz said that these facilities are currently being managed by the PNP Health Service and are serving as seclusion rooms for 232 cadets and 11 personnel who were confirmed to have contracted the virus.

“Our health front-liners are now strictly monitoring these cadets and personnel on these recovery areas. As of writing, there is no recorded increase of COVID-19 case in the Academy yet,” he said.
Cruz said that the cadets also received a total of 11,000 capsules of Vitamin C for their 14-day quarantine consumption.

The PNPA also got 10,000 face masks and 1,000 face shields from the Patrol Party-List Group apart from laboratory gowns, 15 thermal scanners, two-5 lbs. oxygen tanks and assorted medicines donated by their other stakeholders.

“We assure the families and loved ones of the cadets that they are in good hands and their wellness will always be our paramount consideration. We also thank our generous donors for the countless blessings that were shared, words cannot express our appreciation,” said Cruz.

The official said that other queries and/or concern can be forwarded to Facebook Page Philippine National Police Academy-Justice, Integrity, Service or thru chiefpiopnpa@gmail.com.

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Alfred P. Dalizon
Author of the ‘Mamang Pulis’ series and Crame Files | A Journal Group reporter since 1988 and recipient of dozens of national awards from the PNP/DILG/PDEA/DDB/NAPOLCOM and the private sector | Winner of two (2) prestigious Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for Best Investigative Report | A Finalist for another CMMA Best Investigative Report | A 3-time Journal Group Employee and Top Reporter of the Year