Random check on cargoes to continue at quarantine control points – PNP

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday, March 23 said it has made adjustments at checkpoints for the special lane allocated for goods, agricultural products, and cargoes.

In an interview with UNTV’s Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa said cargoes will still undergo random checking at quarantine control points to ensure that procedures and policies on community quarantine are observed.

“We will not even be looking for any document except na kapag cargo siya, talagang unhampered. However from time to time pwede ring mag-inspect ang PNP because, you know, other people might take advance sa ganitong sitwasyon,” Gamboa said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) earlier ordered for an unhampered movement of all food and non-food cargoes at quarantine checkpoints despite the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

The order was issued following reports that some trucks had difficulty delivering agricultural products and other services to Metro Manila and other areas due to traffic congestion at police checkpoints.

Gamboa also reminded that cargo trucks should only carry maximum of three individuals, including the driver, to follow rules on social distancing,

“Meron din tayong obligasyon to check on the conditions of the people inside the cargo trucks. Social distancing at wala silang symptoms. Dapat yung kanilang temperature is within the allowable limit provided by the Department of Health,” he added.

The PNP chief also said that checkpoints set up by local government units outside Metro Manila should be coordinated with the local police units and that the collection of fees is not allowed, as ordered earlier by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Very clear yung guidance ni Secretary Año, the SILG, na ‘pag merong mga ganung checkpoint, nobody is authorized to collect fees for the purpose kasi meron ngang iba nag-iisyu pa ng resibo eh,” he said.

The implementation of stringent measures at police checkpoints is in line with the government’s enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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