Currently, policemen are also assigned to man the border control checkpoints in the boundaries of Negros Occidental as part of continuing community quarantine measures in the province. As a precaution, however, Palgue said the police officer was told to temporarily go on leave and has not been assigned to NOCPPO’s headquarters in Barangay Estefania ever since. “They are manning the checkpoints 24/7. They will remain there until further instructions,” Palgue said. Palgue said he was quarantined at the Provincial Healing Center in E.B. Magalona town while he was being treated. He returned home after being free of the infection, Palgue added. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA BACOLOD City – A personnel of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID -19) recovered from the viral illness. According to Palgue, the NOCCPO personnel was among those who assisted returning Negrenses billeted in a hotel in this city. He also stressed that NOCPPO will apprehend Negrenses defying health protocols to contain the spread of COVID-19, like the use of face mask and safe physical distancing./PN The asymptomatic policeman was a member of the 1st Negros Occidental Provincial Mobile Force Company, Colonel Romy Palgue, NOCPPO officer-in-charge, confirmed Tuesday. Palgue reminded the local police force to be extra cautious. He cited data from the Department of Health showing majority of COVID-19 cases in the province were asymptomatic. The cop’s colleagues were also subjected to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test. All of them yielded negative results.