PRO-12 deploys 200 cops in border checkpoint across Region 12 amid lockdown

Some 200 personnel of the Police Regional Office-12 are deployed on Sunday at the border checkpoints of SOCCSKSARGEN Region  as authorities ordered a lockdown starting Monday  of the entire region covering the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and General Santos City.
 GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Police Regional Office-12 has deployed some 200 policemen to man the border checkpoints across the SOCCSKSARGEN Region following the  declaration of a total lockdown for the entire region starting Monday.  

 PBgen. Alfred Corpus, PRO-12 director, said the policemen were tasked to augment quarantine personnel of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force who will check on  people who enter and leave Region 12 which comprised the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City.

 During the send-off ceremony on Sunday, Corpus  reminded the policemen that their task is to ensure that  only authorized people who are exempted from the general community quarantine are allowed to enter and go out of the region.

 Under the guidelines, Corpus said those who travel for emergency purposes including medical personnel, responders, security services, and government personnel are exempted from the restrictions as well as cargo deliveries for the provision of foods  in the region.

 He said those who show some symptoms of flu during thermal scanning will be turned over to health authorities for further check up.

 He said the policemen were provided food supplies and protective personnel equipment  during their one-month deployment in the campaign against COVID.      

 Authorities in SOCCSKSARGEN Region had strengthened the implementation of community quarantine  as the number of people under monitoring for possible infection of the virus had reached more than 1,500 while 50  cases are being considered under investigation with one confirmed case.

 Meanwhile The Diocese of Marbel of the Catholic church had advised the cancellation of church activities during the observance of the Holy Week next month.   

 Bishop Cerilo Casicas said the Diocese which covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos City decided  to suspend all daily public masses and several activities for the Holy Week amid the threats posed by COVID-19.

 The following activities suspended:
for the Holy Weekinclude Tinieblas, Ang Apostoles, Siete Palabras, Via Crucis, Veneration of the Cross o Pahalik, Visita Iglesia, Salubong, at Blessing of Seeds Articles and Images on Easter Sunday.


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