February 9, 2023

Police in Baguio City remains in high morale despite the surge of Covid-19 cases among members of the local Philippine National Police.

Baguio City Police Office Director, Col. Allen Rae Co, said 92 police officers including trainees, have contracted the Covid-19 in just a span of several days.

On Sept. 28, the city reported 68 new Covid-19 cases, the first highest recorded in a day in Baguio, of which 57 are police trainees assigned to the BCPO. The number of PNP afflicted by Covid-19 grew to 92 on Sept. 30.

More than 200 trainees who are close contacts of those who tested positive for Covid-19 were placed on quarantine to contain the spread of the virus.

Those infected are part of the more than 400 police trainees undergoing field training in Baguio City since March and have been rendering duty and service as Covid-19 frontliners. 

The police trainees are billeted in one apartment building at Lower Lourdes Barangay, which was already placed on hard lockdown by Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Co said that most of the police trainees have been maintaining the quarantine checkpoints, lockdown of barangays, assigned at the different areas in the city such as the public market and other areas of convergence.

They are also patrolling the different barangays with the different police stations as well as other duties as police officers.

It is possible that the police trainees have contracted the virus while performing their jobs, he said.

There are also at least four out of the more than 900 personnel of the BCPO who tested positive for Covid-19 but have already recovered.

Co asked the cooperation of the public by following the minimum health standards and all the protocols for their protection and safety. – Redjie M. Cawis