Baguio City, Philippines—An investigation is underway for the supposed violation of minimum public health standards after 64 Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) trainees and five tactical officers tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
The number of positive cases is expected to rise as swabbing continues among the BFP personnel and the remaining trainees.
“Clearly, mayroong violation ng minimum public health standards. Hindi sumunod sa utos mismo ng kanilang chief na ihinto o i-suspend yung training, tinuloy-tuloy pa rin nila kaya ayun nga pinaiimbestigahan ngayon,” Mayor Magalong said on Monday, July 20, 2021.
He added that he already requested an investigation from the Bureaus’ Central Office and that the city is just waiting for a response from the office.
Baguio City Information Office reports that “all those who violated may face administrative charges.”
As recalled, a directive on June 12 asking for the suspension of all training activities for the Philippine National Police (PNP) and BFP in the city was issued, of which, according to the mayor, the BFP did not comply with the mandate.
The directive was made following the outbreak of Covid-19 cases in two separate training centers of the PNP where 120 police officers undergoing training tested positive of the virus, because of the non-compliance with health and safety protocols.
The city, as of this writing, has a record of 574 active cases out of 15, 147 Covid-19 infections.
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