SAN FERNANDO CITY, April 1 (PIA) - - Soldiers belonging to the army's 7th Infantry Division with coverage areas in the Central and Northern Luzon has intensified enforcement of quarantine protocols to help control the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Major Amado Gutierrez, the spokesperson of the army's 7th Division, said that at least 423 soldiers were deployed to the 82 Quarantine Assistance Stations (QAS) established in their areas of responsibility (AOR) since March 15, 2020.
"Our stations are established in the different strategic areas in our AOR," said Gutierrez.
In Region I, four stations were established in Ilocos Norte, one in La Union, 10 in Ilocos Sur, and four in Pangasinan.
In Region III, 11 stations were established in Bulacan, 11 in Nueva Ecija, seven in Aurora, one in Pampanga, five in Tarlac City, two in Bataan, and five in Zambales.
In Abra, which is part of the 7ID AOR, 21 stations were also established.
He said that soldiers assigned in the QAS are strictly implementing protocols and safety precautions set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
"Soldiers assist the other front liners in the conduct of thermal scanning of travelers, as well as in sanitizing vehicles through power-spray solution."
In a press statement, Brigadier General Alfredo V. Rosario Jr., the newly-installed commander of the army's 7ID, lauded the efforts exerted by the troops and the other frontliners in helping the control of the spread of COVID-19.
"Each time soldiers, policemen, health personnel and civilian volunteers perform their duties, they put their lives at stake and we should be grateful of their services. Let us, therefore, cooperate with them when we are flagged down at QAS as what they are doing is for the safety and well-being of all," said Rosario. (JCR/FGL,PIA- 1)