PNP Highway Patrol Group returns to EDSA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019   •   1308

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 150 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) are again deployed along the stretch of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

Of the said number, 30 officers were among the teams that provided road security in the recently concluded 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games).

The HPG will assist the local government units (LGUs) in directing the motorists from EDSA towards the inner roads to decongest traffic.

“Ang mga chokepoints po at traffic points na identified natin ay naglalagay tayo ng pulis doon additional (team),” explained HPG-NCR P/LtCol. Wilson Doromal.

(We deploy additional police personnel at choke points and traffic points.)

“Together with NCRPO, nagko -coordinate kami sa mga district director, (we coordinate with the district director),“ he added.

The HPG also encourages private motorists to take Mabuhay lanes as alternative routes to ease the traffic flow on EDSA. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

PNP-HPG tightens checkpoint screening against illegal people transport

Marje Pelayo   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A video of a van transporting people from Metro Manila went viral on social media recently.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group Director PBGen. Alexander Tagum, the vehicle was supposed to transport people from Metro Manila via Del Gallego in Camarines Sur where vans are waiting for transfer.

The vans will transport the passengers to a Ro-Ro terminal in Matnog, Sorsogon where they would go for a trip bound for Visayas and Mindanao.

This opted authorities to tighten border control and inspection against colorum vehicles for hire that operate in the National Capital Region, Regions 3, 4A, 4B, and 5.

“Nakahuli po ang tropa ko ng 13 colorum vehicles, 11 dito ay passenger van, 1 ay AUV, 1 kotse illegally transporting people towards Bicol region galing Metro Manila,” Tagum noted.

Police chief PGen. Debold Sinas ordered a random inspection on cargo trucks in every checkpoint manned by the PNP.

Tagum confirmed that the apprehended vehicles were already impounded and operators/owners were fined up to P200,000 each vehicle.

All passengers composed of around 100 individuals were turned over to their respective local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for swab testing and food and accommodation assistance.

All apprehended drivers will face charges in violation of the Section 9D and Republic Act 11332 or Non-Cooperation of Persons and Entities that should report or respond to notifiable diseases or health events of public concern.

They may be fined up to P20,000 to P50,000 and possible imprisonment of one to six months apart from possible revocation of license and suspension from employment due to violation of Commonwealth Act 146 or the Public Service Act on Public Convenience.

DPWH to conduct weekend road reblocking in EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday (April 8) announced it will conduct a road reblocking along EDSA beginning Friday (April 9).

The DPWH advised motorists to avoid areas along EDSA Muñoz, in front of East West Bank & Floor Center, Shell, Goodyear, Shell Select & Skymart and take alternative routes.

The road re-blocking will begin on April 9 at 11:00 p.m. until April 12. All affected roads will be passable at 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

Mga bibiyahe sa probinsiya para sa long holiday, mahigpit na babantayan – HPG

Robie de Guzman   •   March 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Mahigpit ang panawagan ng pamahalaan sa publiko, partikular na sa mga residenteng nasa NCR Plus bubble, na umiwas sa pagbiyahe habang ipinaiiral ang enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Sa ilalim ng ECQ, mga mahahalagang biyahe lang ang papayagan at mga authorized person outside of residence (APOR) lang ang maaaring umalis ng kanilang mga tahanan.

Ginawa ng Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) ang paalala matapos makatanggap ng ulat ukol sa mga pasaherong dadagsa umano sa mga terminal upang umuwi sa kani-kanilang mga probinsiya para sa long holiday.

Ayon kay PNP-HPG director Police Brigadier General Alexander Tagum, mahigpit nilang babantayan ang bus terminals at border checkpoints sa Metro Manila upang matiyak na pawing APOR lang ang mga pasahero.

“Magsisismula na po mag-uwian ang mga mamamayan ng National Capital Region na uuwi po sa kani-kanilang probinsya dahil po sa Holy Week,” ani Tagum.

Noog Martes, sorpresang nag-ikot ang mga tauhan ng PNP-HPG at Department of Transportation (DOTr) sa ilang terminal sa Metro Manila at inalam kung may dala ang bawat pasahero na identification card o company ID na nagpapatunay na otorisado silang bumiyahe.

Kung may pasaherong hindi otorisadong bumiyahe, sinabi ni DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark Steven Pastor na kailangan silang pababain dahil paglabag ito sa mga patakarang inilatag ng Inter-Agency Task Force.

“Pababain ho sila at hindi ho hayaang bumiyahe upang masigurado po natin na ma-achieve natin yung very purpose nitong ECQ natin, which is to limit mobility po ng mga taong hindi dapat lumabas,” ani Pastor.

Paalala rin ng mga otoridad sa mga tsuper ng mga pampublikong sasakyan na sumunod sa 50 percent passenger capacity at health protocols sa public transport gaya ng pagsusuot ng face mask at face shield at one-seat apart rule.

Maaaring patawan ng kaukulang multa at kumpiskahin ang lisensya ng mga tsuper na lalabag sa naturang mga patakaran kahit na pasahero ang sumuway sa protocols. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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