“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 .
COME this month end some 1 500 athletes will be assembling for the National Schools Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships, better known as Nationals.It’s Guyana’s longest-running multi-sport schools event, and for many participating it’s usually an honour just being there, even if they don’t get a chance to earn one of those medals. However, one athlete who is looking forward to this year’s event is Tiffauna Garnett.For Garnett, she hopes to use this year’s event to improve her performance as a national athlete. The super upcoming runner will be representing the South Georgetown District 13 at the esteemed event, where athletes from across 15 different districts will be participating.Garnett, who has achieved only a silver medal at Nationals, is really hoping to secure gold. But there will be at least two major hurdles for the Freeburg Secondary School student – national athletes Kenisha Phillips and Deshauna Skeete.To date, Skeete and Phillips have been Guyana’s top performing female sprinters, solidifying their places with recent medals on the international scene. But Tiffauna, who has been developing her skills over the years, says that she’s ready to throw her hat into the ring in a big way.“Once I train, I know I can go forward for it. So far my training has been coming along good. I’ve been training in the morning and afternoons just for this from 06:00hrs,” Garnett said.Garnett will be running in the Girls’ Under-18 category in the 100m, 200m and 400m as well as in the long jump.At least in the sprints, she is sure to encounter Phillips, who will be representing North Georgetown District 11.But Phillips has been enjoying a great year, most recently medalling at the South American Youth Games. She’s also the reigning Girls’ Under-18 100m champion.But, despite the challenge, a confident Garnett is looking forward to the competition.Like the other students, over the past few weeks, Garnett has been going through the rounds from inter-house, to inter-school, to inter-zone, to qualify for a spot on the South Georgetown District’s team to Nationals.And it has so far been an easy task, after she took major wins; so she’s looking forward to the challenge to help push her towards improving her skills.This will be Garnett’s fourth year at Nationals, having competed consecutively since 2014. It was in the Girls’ Under-12 category that she won silver in the 100m.After making it to Nationals and realising she had a talent in athletics, Garnett decided to join a club, with the encouragement of her father. From there she has been measuring her improvements and is really looking forward to using this year’s Nationals to see how far she’s come.