Bancasi, Butuan City – the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade together with the Police Regional Office (PRO13) boosted its troops’ visibility for stricter implementation of the protocols and guidelines to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in Butuan City yesterday morning, May 6, 2020.

In a simple send-off ceremony held at Headquarters PRO13, Brgy Libertad of this city, an additional of ninety-two (92) personnel from the troops of 402nd Brigade and PRO13 will augment the personnel of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) to enforce crowd control and strictly limit unnecessary movements of the people in the town centers to contain the spread of COVID-19.

After which, the augmentation troops were given additional personnel protective equipment (PPE) and attended an information briefing on their task and deployment and discussed salient points pertaining to the previously released protocols and guidelines and the new EO Nr 27 placing the city under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) except for the fifty (50) barangays which will remain under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to prevent and/or mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The additional troop requirement from the Army and PNP, as a necessary step to instill control amongst the people, came after the City Mayor, Hon Ronnie Vicente C Lagnada, frustratingly observed that most people have become so relax and in some ways forgot the essence of the Home Quarantine to the detriment on the previous gains and efforts of the IATF Butuan City in its fight against COVID-19.

It can be recalled that since the start of the implementation of ECQ in Butuan City, troops from the OPCON Battalions of 402nd Brigade was deployed to augment the PNP and DOH and other frontliners at the Quarantine Control Points (QCPs).

Meanwhile, in his statement, Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander, said, “The additional troops will support the IATF mainly to increase visibility at town centers and convergence areas as well as to intensify even more the information awareness campaign on COVID-19 and jointly, with the PNP, conduct loudspeaker operation to remind Butuanons and the whole Caraga to continue observing protocols and guidelines”.

“Let’s not be complacent, the crisis is not yet over. COVID -19 is a serious problem that all of us are greatly affected. Be responsible and stay at home until the COVID-19 is contained. The Army and PNP will continue to collaborate with the LGUs on the essential steps to ensure that its constituents will carefully follow COVID-19 protocols and guidelines”, BGen Licudine added.