MANILA, Philippines – The Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield on Friday said it has tapped the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to conduct the inspection of cargo vehicles and ensure the unimpeded flow of supplies during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said the HPG teams will manage the dedicated control points (DCP) established on provincial boundaries along national highways where cargo vehicles usually pass through.
“Ang ating mga control points ay pangungunahan na lamang ng Highway Patrol Groups at lahat ng mga local police ay tinanggal na sa kanilang functions dito sa mga control points na ito,” Banac said.
Among those identified as DCPs are checkpoints set up along the South and North Luzon Expressways, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, Maharlika Highway and McArthur Highway.
Banac said local police will only manage checkpoints within their areas of responsibility.
“Ang pananatilihin na lamang ng mga Provincial police at municipality police ay yung kanilang mga interior na mga boundaries at yung kani-kanilang mga jurisdiction. Pero pag national highway yan, tanging ang HPG lamang ang siyang mamamahala,” he said.
In an advisory, the Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield said that with the establishment of DCPs, all vehicles carrying cargoes, including delivery trucks, vans, pick-up and jeepneys will be exempted from being inspected at the Quarantine Control Points of local police.
Cargo vehicles will be inspected in DCPs at provincial boundaries only when necessary.
The task force said the measure is aimed at ensuring that deliveries of food and other essential goods will not be delayed and subjected to redundant inspections.
For concerns involving cargo deliveries, the HPG may be reached at its hotline number 0926-2255474. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
Over 170 vehicles were apprehended during the one-time big-time anti-colorum operations of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The operation was conducted in 15 areas in Metro Manila on Tuesday evening (February 4).
According HPG Director PBGen. Eliseo Cruz, it was carried out under the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa.
“[There was] cooperation [with the] LTO [and] HPG to train our personnel [so] eventually our HPG personnel will deputize with the LTO, to implement to enforce traffic law and regulation,” he said.
Apprehended vehicles include those with no plate number and those using unauthorized blinkers. Authorities also apprehended overloaded trucks.
Among the over 300 trucks inspected, 78 of them were overloaded. Meanwhile, 68 vehicles received temporary operations permit due to various violations including not wearing a helmet or seatbelt.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the traffic congestion on EDSA might be reduced by 20-30% as several infrastructure projects are set to be completed by 2020.
The DPWH said that once the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is completed by April, there would be a reduction of around 100,000 vehicles on EDSA.
This is apart from the 30,000 trucks set to be reduced once the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 opens in March.
“With the second half of this year, we will relieve EDSA of 20-30 percent. Malaki po ang (There is a lot of) improvement in EDSA and for the first year, starting this year and in subsequent years, we will see continued improvement along EDSA,” according to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
The department official also believes that once all the infrastructure projects are completed, EDSA’s vehicle capacity might return to 280,000 vehicles. At present, there are around 400,000 vehicles plying along EDSA everyday.
“I can say at this point, we will deliver in the promise to bring back EDSA to its original capacity,” Villar said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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