PNP-HPG tightens checkpoint screening against illegal people transport

Marje Pelayo   •   April 8, 2021   •   177

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.

CAR implements stricter border control amid COVID-19 UK variant

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 27, 2021

BAGUIO, Philippines—The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has been placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) beginning February 1 amid confirmed cases of the new coronavirus variant in Mountain Province.

In an advisory, the Baguio City local government also announced the implementation of stricter border protocols in Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) from February 1 to 15, 2021.

ADVISORY Temporary Restricted Access between and among Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) …

Posted by Public Information Office – City of Baguio on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

All travelers shall present medical certificates/medical clearance issued by any licensed physician stating that the resident has not exhibited flu-like symptoms as of the time of assessment.

Meanwhile, those with immediate medical emergencies shall be allowed to pass through freely. Cargo and logistics services; utilities for water, electricity, telecommunications, IT and waste management shall likewise be given unhampered passage. AAC

PNP ready to support total lockdown as quarantine violators reach over 126K

Maris Federez   •   April 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has expressed its support to the move to implement a total lockdown after President Rodrigo Duterte floated the idea of police and military takeover amid violations of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon.

In a statement released on Friday (April 17), PNP Chief Police General Archie Gamboa said, “the Philippine National Police stands squarely in support of President Rodrigo R Duterte’s intention to decisively enforce a total lockdown for the entire period under Enhanced Community Quarantine.”

Gamboa said some local officials have nodded to impose tougher measures as “some violators feel they can get away with the enforcement of quarantine rules and local ordinances” because authorities are required to release them within 12 hours in the absence of inquest officers.

“I call on all Regional Directors to put action to the strong words of the President. I expect all of you to support this,” Gamboa said in the statement.

Latest figures show that as of April 18, 2020, a total of 126,302 ECQ violators were either arrested, fined and warned.

About 713 persons were arrested for hoarding, profiteering and manipulation of prices of medical products and other essentials, and 9,245 for violating the prohibition on public transport operations during the ECQ period.

The PNP Chief also ordered the massive crackdown on illegal activities that violate physical distancing such as illegal cockfights, card games, mah-jong, and drinking sessions in public places.

Meanwhile, the PNP Highway Patrol Group together with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reported that they have issued about 98 citation tickets to private motorists composed of 63 Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP) and 35 Ordinance Violations Receipt (OVR) for being “Unauthorized Person Outside of Residence (UPOR) in relation to the Strict Implementation of COVID 19 Enhanced Community Quarantine” on Friday, April 17.

HPG Director, Police Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz reiterated the government’s advice to the public who are not frontliners to just to stay at home.

“PNP-HPG and MMDA will continue to enforce the provisions of the Extended ECQ on erring motorists and other road users to deny the spread of COVID-19 in our roads,” Cruz said in a report. —mbmf

PNP Highway Patrol Group returns to EDSA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019

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)

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