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By: Mylen Manto | Published Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Cebu Provincial Police Office is now investigating a report about BJMP Cebu City employees who allegedly violated the enhanced community quarantine protocols of Cebu Province after going to Sogod town without any travel authority. (Junjie Mendoza)

Three employees of the Bureau of Jail and Management Penology (BJMP) in Cebu City are now in hot water for allegedly violating Cebu Province’s enhanced community quarantine protocols and procedure. 

In a report from Sogod Mayor Richard Streegan, it was disclosed that Jail Officers Roland Cadiz and Ronie Sumayang, together with kitchen crew Edwin Pelayo, from Kalunasan, Cebu City went to Barangay Poblacion, Sogod town on board a BJMP vehicle to buy 220 trays of eggs and whole slaughtered pig on Saturday, April 25 at around 6 a.m.

Sogod policemen manning the checkpoints in town flagged down the BJMP vehicle due to its irregular driving speed while traversing the highway. 

 The BJMP personnel failed to present any travel authority to the town police officers.

“As local chief executive of this municipality, I would like to formally raise this issue to your level as I see this incident as a deliberate violation of our Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) policies and protocols. More so, they did not cooperate and coordinate with the PNP Sogod officers manning the quarantine control points (QCPs). The incident caused panic to Sogoranons,” the letter read.

Employees of the store that sold the food items to the BJMP personnel and those within the vicinity are now considered as persons under monitoring (PUMs) and placed under quarantine.

With this, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia expressed frustration as these personnel may have unnecessarily exposed the residents of Sogod to the Covid-19 virus. 

“That’s the downside. Bug-at kaayo nga pas-anon mag huna-huna aning magpabadlong labi na unta ang atong gisaligan kay kauban man ta sa gobyerno. Maningkamot ta sundon unta ang angay nato nga sundon nga patakaran sa gobyerno,” she said. 

The governor added they could’ve just bought their needed goods in the city, but still they pushed through in going to the northern town in the province.

“Adto gyud mupalit kay murag ang tag-iya ang amahan sa usa nila ka personnel, so nipugos gyud og adto,” she said. 
The governor said she requested BJMP Regional Director Efren Nemenio for a full report of the incident and assured that the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) is investigating the matter. (Mylen Manto)