THE Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) decided to reduce the duty hours to protect the health of its police force manning the checkpoints in the province amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
PPPO Director Col. Redrico Maranan said the immune system of the police might have already weakened after almost two months’ exposure in the checkpoints and are also vulnerable to illnesses with a weak immune system.
Maranan said police personnel manning checkpoints are told to rest after a four-hour duty.
“We are considering the well-being of our police force because it’s not easy for a man to be exposed under the sun and dust for 12 hours because his immune system may be compromised,” he said.
Maranan clarified that the number of police at the checkpoints remain and only duty shifts have changed to allow more time for the personnel to rest.
So far, Pangasinan police force remain COVID-19-free as of this posting. (Jerick Pasiliao)
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