BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The “No Jab, No Duty” policy of the Philippine National Police is up for enforcement by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office starting today, deputy provincial police spokesperson PLt. Abegael Donasco disclosed.
All unvaccinated police personnel, especially those who are required to report to the provincial police office, or police stations, will be required to submit RT-PCR test result twice a month, stressed Donasco.
They will have to pay for the cost of RT-PCR tests, she added.
Upon failure to comply with the order, they will be required to submit their explanation, which will be verified, if valid, Donasco said
The worse-case scenario is, she added, that a pre-charge investigation will be conducted against them.
There are still 22 NOCPPO personnel who are still unvaccinated, police records show.
Donasco said that most of them are lactating mothers, or on maternity leave, while others are with comorbidities.
But she clarified that those policewomen on maternity leave are not included in the “no jab, no duty” policy.
PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlo earlier that this should not be seen as discriminatory, but as a measure to protect those who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19
“We do not want to put them at risk,” Carlos said.
All over Western Visayas there are 155 unvaccinated police personnel.
According to PNP data, a total of 12,317 police personnel in Region 6 are fully vaccinated, with 1,092 awaiting their second dose.*