“The police frontliners are those manning the quarantine controlpoints or checkpoints and those enforcing quarantine policies. Sila talaga ang pinaka-expose. Veryhazardous. Baka mahawa sila. Iba’t-ibangtao ang nakasasalamuha nila araw-araw. They deserve hazard pay,” saidPamuspusan. Iloilo City police officers guard this patrol car full of arrested persons not observing social distancing. Even at night, the cops are working to enforce the enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – Police officers on frontline duties during the enhancedcommunity quarantine are getting P500 daily hazard pay. He also assured the safety of the police manning quarantine controlpoints by providing them with personal protective equipment (PPE). The pay started Friday last week, April 17, according to PoliceBrigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director of the Police Regional Office 6(PRO-6). In Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine NationalPolice, PNP chief General Archie Gamboa said the hazard pay “should furtherboost the financial flexibility of our troops and their families apart from thefull range of salary and allowances in April, sans any deduction for loanamortization for this month.” The hazard pay would be given until the quarantine is lifted. “Another P5,000 windfall is also due for all PSMBFI (Public SafetyMutual Benefit Fund, Inc.) members as financial assistance to see them throughthis crisis,” added Gamboa. “As a member of the (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management ofEmerging Infectious Diseases), I am a witness to the hardships of our men andwomen in uniform who endure long hours at work in the field, away from thecomforts of their home and family, and uncertain of the fate that awaits themat the frontline. But needless to say, each and every member of the policeforce knows by heart the reason why we need to pass this way – because it is aprofessional calling and a sworn responsibility to serve, bestowed upon us bythe people,” said Gamboa. Gamboa thanked all police officers for their unwavering support andsacrifices in performing their duty to uphold law enforcement as the countrybattles an “unseen enemy” – SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). “Dapat ingatan natin angating katawan. Bawal magkasakit ngayon. But we have to be alert,too, of lawless elements who may take advantage of the current situation,” hesaid./PN For his part, Pamuspusan told his men to take care of themselves whilecarrying out their mandate which is to secure the public .