COVID-19 in the Philippines: Expanding the role and capabilities of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police

Volume 1 | Issue 9 | May 2021

Sherwin Ona, Roman dela Cruz, Jr., Jane Gesgulon, Rosa Babel Calilung-Teehankee

The ninth issue of our policy brief discusses the role of law enforcement and public safety agencies such as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the government’s COVID-19 response. In a time when a global health crisis threatens public safety along with public health, the brief reexamines their mandate and their organization and proposes alternatives in strengthening their technical capabilities as well as the relations within their units and respective communities.