POLICE officials in Cebu Province have not yet encountered any problems during the first day of implementation of Executive Order (EO) 20-C, which requires workers working in Cebu City to secure a work travel permit (WTP) via the WeTrace app.
Police Col. Roderico Mariano, head of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), said they have deployed personnel in borders situated in Talisay City and Consolacion to thoroughly check workers if they have WTPs.
Mariano told reporters that they have not encountered any problems with workers passing through the borders during the first day of EO 20-C implementation.
Police assigned in borders between the Province and Cebu City were given scanners provided by the developers of the WeTrace app to check the WTPs of workers going to the City.
“So far, it has been smooth sailing and our police make sure to check the WTPs especially in Talisay and Consolacion,” Mariano said.
He said they are strictly implementing EO 20-C by blocking anyone from entering Cebu City if they don’t have the approved WTP issued on their app.
Though authorized persons outside residence (Apors) are allowed to cross borders, they are still required to show their identification cards.
Meanwhile, Police Brigadier Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, Police Regional Office Central Visayas director, said they plan to coordinate with the Cebu Provincial Government on the use of the WeTrace app as they can use the application for contact tracing.
Ferro said: “I think we should coordinate. Everybody should coordinate in order to for us to be able to monitor everybody. It should not only be the Province doing its initiatives, it should be a holistic, collaborative initiative for all the local government units.” (AYB / JKV)