Government troops manning quarantine control points in northern Palawan are following rigid safeguards to ensure the safety of military personnel in preventing a potential spread of the virus through the equipment that they are using, including vehicles.
Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Domingo commanding officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3) said they they have been conducting regular disinfection of military trucks and personnel recently.
“Prevention is better than cure,” Domingo said.
“Isinasagawa ng MBLT-3 ang regular disinfection ng mga tauhan at kagamitan, pangunahin na ang mga sasakyan, bago at pagkatapos ng pagbabantay sa mga Quarantine Assistance Stations at Quarantine Control Points. Tatlumpu’t limang Marines at apat na sasakyan ng yunit ang salit-salitang dumadaan sa regular disinfection. Isinasagawa ito upang mapanatili ang kaligtasan hindi lamang ng mga tropa kundi para na rin sa mga mamamayan na aming pinaglilingkuran para masugpo ang COVID-19,” he said.
3rd Marine Brigade spokesperson Capt. Orchie Bobis also said that their headquarters in Puerto Princesa City is strictly implementing camp rules and protocols against COVID-19.
All personnel are required to undergo disinfection upon entering the camp. Going outside the camp is prohibited except to those with official business such as marketing and roving personnel equipped with mask and gloves.
No visitors are allowed inside camp except water and food delivery.
“Lahat din na personnel na galing Manila o Port Barton ay dapat mag quarantine. we have our quarantine area at ‘yong corpsman lang ang nagdadala ng pagkain nila,” she said.
All roving personnel from outside should take a bath immediately and wash uniforms.
No use of gym, training, lectures in close room during the Enhance Community Quarantine (EQC).
“Table tennis, volleyball and running ang allowed na exercise to avoid mass gathering. Everyday [we conduct] body temperature monitoring to all personnel conducted by corpsman,” Bobis said.
Bobis added that protocols are strictly implemented to avoid the possible spread of virus as well as to protect the Palaweños and military personnel.
“Mahalaga ang nga ito para mapanatiling malinis at malayo sa anumang virus ang paligid at bawat tropa, medyo “paranoid” and sobrang higpit na patakaran pero ito naman ay para sa ikakabuti ng lahat. Lahat ng nasa 3Mbde ay sumusunod sa patakarang ito sapagkat maging sila man ay takot na maging biktima ng COVID-19,” she said.
She said that the same protocols are implemented in two battalions.