NCRPO identifies checkpoint areas for Metro Manila quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2020   •   3075

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Friday said it has identified areas in Metro Manila where checkpoints will be put up for the implementation of the month-long community quarantine starting Sunday, March 15.

In an exclusive report on UNTV’s Ito Ang Balita by correspondent Lea Ylagan, the NCRPO said checkpoints will be set up in major thoroughfares, exit and entry points of Metro Manila.

The checkpoints will be manned by police officers with the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The areas which will be monitored by the police and military are as follows:

RADIAL ROADS

  • Radial Road 1 – Roxas Boulevard, Manila–Cavite Expressway; City of Manila–Cavite
  • Radial Road 2 – Taft Avenue in Manila, Aguinaldo Highway in Dasmariñas; City of Manila–Batangas
  • Radial Road 3 – South Luzon Expressway in Muntinlupa, STAR Tollway, Tanauan City, Batangas; City of Manila–Batangas
  • Radial Road 4 – Kalayaan Avenue in Olympia, Makati, Kalayaan Avenue in Fort Bonifacio, Makati; City of Manila–Rizal
  • Radial Road 5 – Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Avenue Extension in Cainta; City of Manila–Laguna
  • Radial Road 6 – Magsaysay Boulevard, Marikina–Infanta Highway in Marikina; City of Manila–Quezon
  • Radial Road 7 – España Boulevard, Commonwealth Avenue, City of Manila–Bulacan
  • Radial Road 8 – Dimasalang Street, North Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Quezon City; City of Manila–La Union
  • Radial Road 9 – Rizal Avenue, MacArthur Highway in Pampanga; City of Manila–La Union
  • Radial Road 10 – Mel Lopez Boulevard; City of Manila–Bataan

The following Circumferential Roads in the cities of Manila, Makati, Malabon, Taguig as well as in Bulacan and Bacoor, Cavite will also be monitored by authorities:

CIRCUMFERENTIAL ROADS

  • Circumferential Road 1 City of Manila
  • Circumferential Road 2 City of Manila
  • Circumferential Road 3 Makati-Navotas–Pasay
  • Circumferential Road 4 Malabon–Pasay
  • Circumferential Road 5 Taguig-Malabon-Parañaque
  • Circumferential Road 6 Marilao, Bulacan-Bacoor, Cavite   

The NCRPO also said that checkpoint areas will also be set up in Expressway networks.

EXPRESSWAY  NETWORKS

  • E1 Quezon City to Rosario, La Union
  • E2 Makati to Batangas City and Muntinlupa to Bacoor
  • E3 Parañaque to Kawit
  • E5 Quezon City to Caloocan
  • E6 Parañaque to Pasay

According to NCRPO director Police Major General Debold Sinas, cops manning the checkpoints will be provided with complete gear to protect them against the virus.  

“Our people will be equipped ng mga needed [gears] kagaya ng mask, gloves, plus we will place police line in all the entry points,” he said.

The military, for its part, said it will provide assistance to the PNP in manning the checkpoints.

“The AFP will be in support to the PNP in terms of manpower. They will lead the checkpoints. We will augment them as necessary,” AFP chief of staff General Felimon Santos Jr.  

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced that Metro Manila will be placed on community quarantine effective midnight of March 15 until April 14.

The declaration follows the raising of Code Red Sub-level 2 amid rising cases of novel coronavirus infections in the country.

During the month-long quarantine period, land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila are suspended, subject to daily review of the government.

Work in the executive branch and classes in all levels in Metro Manila are also suspended.

Sinas, however, clarified that people from nearby cities and provinces who are working in Metro Manila will still be allowed entry as long as they present proof of employment – such as company ID – in designated checkpoints.

“Karamihan naman dito sa NCR ay hindi taga-NCR e, may taga-Cavite, taga-Bulacan kasi andoon ang mga bahay nila. Siguro, we’ll do the maximum tolerance tapos titingnan lang ang ID tapos pauuwiin kasi kung di mo pauwiin yan e san titira yan dito?” he said.

Private companies, however, are encouraged to implement a flexible work arrangement or a work from home set up for the meantime to protect their employees.

The NCRPO chief also said that the movement of people within Metro Manila will not be restricted as they can still go out to buy food and other necessities.

Mall and shop owners were earlier urged by authorities to continue operations. The delivery of goods and services will also be allowed as long as it follows regulations.

“Pwede naman yung goods and services basta dumaan ka sa checkpoint,” Sinas said.

Under the community quarantine, Foreign nationals from countries with localized COVID-19 transmissions will also be banned from entering the Philippines, except for permanent residents and diplomats.

Authorities said a clearer guidelines will be issued soon on the implementation of the community quarantine.

The Philippines has so far recorded more than 50 confirmed cases with five deaths. – RRD

Checkpoint gimmick gets residents to stay at home

Marje Pelayo   •   March 28, 2020

PAMPANGA, Philippines — Filipinos are known for their creativity and propensity to look on the brighter side of life when faced with any crisis.

Authorities found it a challenge to keep everyone inside their homes under the enhanced community quarantine when the risk of getting infected with the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is high.

To emphasize the importance of home quarantine, checkpoint police at Sto. Tomas in Pampanga thought of a drastic way to convince residents.

They placed an empty coffin at checkpoints and posted a grim reminder: “Stay at Home or Stay Inside.”

Meanwhile, Barangay Sto. Niño in the municipality of San Simon, Pampanga also made use of coffins to deter residents from violating the curfew.

They would make rounds at night carrying a coffin as if on the lookout to fill it with those who are foolish enough to cross their path beyond curfew hours.

Credits to: Louella Castillo Gutierrez

Police Regional Office 3 Director PBGen. Rhodel Sermonia expressed support for the initiative of his men as such measures would deter residents from violating home quarantine and community quarantine protocols.

Sermonia made rounds to inspect each checkpoint in his area and to personally remind motorists to practice preventive measures against COVID-19.

“Ikaw kuya? Wala ka man lang protective guard, hindi ba kayo natatakot? Hindi ba kayo natatakot dito? Sinabi na nga. Basahin mo, ano’ng nakalagay dyan (You? You are not even wearing a protective guard, are you not afraid? Are you not afraid of this? It’s a warning. You read it. What does it say?),” Sermonia said accosting a resident explaining the importance of wearing personal protective gear.  

“Bilhin mo na lahat ang gusto mong bilhin ngayon. Dapat isang beses lang sila sa isang araw. Kapag kayo na-infection, kawawa po kayo (You buy everything you need now. You should only be going out once a day. Once you get infected, you’d suffer),” he told a motorist who was on his way to buy goods.

The general also stressed strict practice of physical distancing among residents walking on the streets.

He personally checked each passerby for their home quarantine pass to make sure they were authorized to go out.

The national government’s enhanced community quarantine is on its 10th day which orders all residents in Luzon to stay at home to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Authorities appealed to the public to refrain from non-essential movements outside their homes to avoid contracting the disease. MNP (with inputs from Lea Ylagan)

NCRPO: Quarantine pass, face masks not mandatory in supermarkets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reiterated that quarantine passes and face masks are not required in entering supermarkets or grocery stores.

NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas clarified the Inter-Agency Task Force has no directive mandating customers to have quarantines passes and face masks before entering supermarkets.

“Hindi po iyan license or ID para bumili ka. Ang bilihan po ay para sa lahat (That is not a license or ID so you can buy. Everyone is free to shop),” Sinas said.

Sinas said they have been receiving reports about customers who were barred from entering supermarkets because they do not have a quarantine pass or were not wearing face masks.

The NCRPO official advised to immediately report similar incidents in the nearest police station. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

UNTV donates face shields to NCRPO

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — UNTV on Friday (March 27) donated 100 face shields to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

The 100 face shields will be used by the NCRPO personnel manning the quarantine-controlled checkpoints in Metro Manila.

NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas admitted that the Metro Manila Police lack personal protective equipment (PPEs).

The NCRPO previously used improvised face shields made of acetate as protection for the policemen working as frontliners against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He also said that the donation of UNTV and other private sectors is a huge help in their operations during the enhanced community quarantine.

“Pasalamat kami sa UNTV dahil nag-donate sila ng face shields (We are grateful to UNTV for donating face shields),” he said. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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