By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
In response to Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson issuing an executive order closing provincial borders, along with local ports and airports, amid ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) director, Police Colonel Romeo Baleros, explained, “This is not a lockdown, boundary closure only.”
The law enforcement official has since deployed police officers to ensure non-resident vehicles are barred entry.
In addition, he also called on local government units to provide alcohol and sanitizers for officers at checkpoints.
“Most importantly, we are asking [local government units] to provide face masks to the PNP (Philippine National Police) personnel who are conducting checkpoints,” Baleros emphasized.
He also instructed station police chiefs to identify the borders of their respective localities./DGB, WDJ