NCRPO identifies checkpoint areas for Metro Manila quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2020   •   5523

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

Duterte to announce new community quarantine status on August 17 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   August 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to address the nation on August 17, Monday, to announce fresh community quarantine restrictions to be implemented in the country, Malacañang said Thursday.

The two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) over Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna will lapse on August 18.

“Inaasahan po natin na magmemensahe sa taumbayan muli ang ating Presidente sa Aug. 17 kung saan iaanunsyo din niya ‘yung bagong classifications,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Roque earlier said it is unlikely that the MECQ will be extended because the country’s economy can no longer afford to undergo strict lockdown.

He said recommendations for all other provinces and cities for quarantine classifications have already been submitted for the president’s approval.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines has recorded 147,526 confirmed coronavirus infections, of which 74,713 are active.

The number of reported recoveries also rose to 70,387 while the death toll is at 2,426. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Metro Manila may ease to GCQ after August 18 – Lorenzana

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who also serves as the chairman of the National Task Force on COVID-19, on Monday expressed confidence that the National Capital Region (NCR) will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) after August 18.

Lorenzana said that recent data on COVID-19 cases show that Metro Manila is ready to loosen its coronavirus lockdown after its two-week return to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) restriction.

He said the trend is “going down” after the Department of Health reported around 3,000 additional cases on Sunday.

Lorenzana said this number is lower compared to the 6,000 increase in recent days.

Metro Manila, as well as Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal were placed under MECQ until August 18 after medical workers appealed for a “timeout” amid rising COVID-19 cases.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also expressed optimism that the re-imposition of a stricter quarantine measure, coupled with the observance of health protocols, will slow down the transmission of coronavirus disease in the country

“Titingnan natin yung figures pero ako, I am optimistic na with the 15 days MECQ, bababa yan. Ang kailangan lang ay sumunod. Huwag na tayong maging pasaway, stay at home,” he said.

He also reiterated his appeal to the public to be responsible and strictly follow advise to only leave their homes for essential needs.

“With 15 days staying at home marami tayong virus diyan na mapapatay kasi incubation period or 14 days talaga namang mamamatay yung virus. Bago pa makalipat sa ibang tao mamatay na yung virus. So please do your partnering,” he said.  – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Tricycle, e-trikes at bangka, pinayagan nang bumiyahe ng ilang LGUs

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Ilang lokal na pamahalaan sa Metro Manila ang pinayagan na ang pagbyahe ng mga tricycle, e-trikes at bangka sa kani-kanilang lugar sa gitna ng pag-iral ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Subalit, tiniyak ng mga ito na nasusunod ang mahigpit na health and safety protocols para sa mga drivers at pasahero. 

Sa Navotas City, may byahe na ng bangka papunta sa Malabon City para maghatid ng mga pasaherong papasok sa trabaho at uuwi sa kani-kanilang bahay. 

Limang piso (P5) kada isang tao ang singil ng mga bangkero at ayon kay Geronimo Meno, malaking tulong na ito pantawid sa kaniyang pamilya.

“Nakakaraos naman pang-araw-araw. Kahit pang-bigas, nakakakuha,” pahayag nito.

Si Lalaine Ama, malaki na ang nagastos para lang makapasok sa trabaho simula nang magluwag ang community quarantine sa Metro Manila.

Mula Navotas City ay kailangan niyang bumiyahe patungong Quezon City araw-araw.

“Noong unang linggo ng June na pumasok na, P400 plus ang pamasahe ko,” aniya.

Ngayong balik MECQ, naglaaan na ng service ang kanilang kumpanya pero sa Malabon pa ito nakahimpil kaya kailangan pa rin niyang sumakay ng bangka para makarating kung saan nakaistasyon ang kanilang service.

Pero malaking tipid na rin aniya kasya sumakay siya ng tricycle palabas ng C4 kung saan gagastos siya ng P50 kada byahe.

Bukod sa bangka ay pinayagan na ring makabyahe ang tricycle at pedicab pero ayon kay Mang Virgilio Cañese, mababa na sa ngayon ang kanilang kinikita.

“Dati nakaka P400 kami, P500. Ngayon swerte na maka P100 ka ngayon dahil walang tumatawid,” ayon kay Mang Virgilio na 30 taon ng padyak driver.

Pinayagan ng city government ang ganitong sasakyan sa ilalim ng MECQ para makapaghatid ng mga manggagawa na pinapayagang makapagtrabaho partikular sa Navotas Fishport.

Sa Maynila naman, pinayagan na ni Mayor Isko Domagoso ang pagpasada ng mga tricycle, e-trikes at pedicab sa lungsod kahit MECQ upang matulungan ang mga driver na kumita para sa kanilang pamilya.

Gayunman, mahigpit ang bilin ng alkalde na isang pasahero lang dapat sa bawat byahe ang pwedeng maisakay.

“Kaya sa lahat ng kaanak ninyo, maghanap buhay kayo sa tatlong gulong. Mayroon lang akong ipakikisuyo: tupdin natin ang panawagan ng IATF. Hangga’t maaari, isang pasahero lang,” pagbibigay diin nito.

Bukod sa Navotas at Maynila, pinayagan na rin ang mga sasakyang ito sa lugar ng Muntinlupa, Pasig, Paranaque, Taguig, Valenzuela, at Quezon City. 

Sa isang panayam sinabi ni Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia na papayagan lamang ang mga tricycle na bumiyahe kung ito ay para maghatid ng medical frontliners, sa panahon ng emergency, at para sa mga taong kailangang bumili ng essential goods. –MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

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