The government has had enough of private motorists driving out during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for unauthorized reasons.
In a press conference held earlier today, April 15, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced that the Philippine National Police (PNP) will begin strictly imposing ECQ policies on private cars transporting unauthorized persons. The announcement comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and President Rodrigo Duterte learned that 108,088 cases of individuals or vehicles disregarding the ECQ have been recorded as of April 13, 2020.
“Napapansin po ito ni Pangulong Duterte at siyempre mga miyembro ng IATF na medyo nagiging kampante na po ang ating mga kababayan pagdating sa ECQ,” Nograles said.
“So, to address this and the reported increase in the number of vehicles traveling along EDSA and other major thoroughfares ng Metro Manila, at sa utos ng ating pangulo, the Philippine National Police will strictly impose the policy on authorized persons outside of residences or APOR.”
From here on, PNP–Highway Patrol Group (HPG) will be implementing the following measures:
- Inspection of private vehicles to determine whether the driver and the passengers belong to the list of APOR or not.
- If the driver or any of the passengers is not authorized, HPG will issue a Land Transportation Office (LTO) Temporary Operator’s Permit or a Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) official violation receipt against the drivers of those private vehicles transporting unauthorized persons outside the residence as identified by the Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF-CV Shield).
According to Nograles, only healthcare workers, employees of essential services, and frontliners are considered APORs. He also asked for the public’s patience and understanding as these additional measures are implemented.
“Kung mapansing niyo po, humihigpit na po ang ating mga police sa mga checkpoints ng ating mga barangay. Sana po intindihin natin na magiging effective lang itong ECQ sa pag-contain ng COVID-19 kung tayo ay hind basta basta na lang nakakaikot at lumalabas,” he stressed.
“This is all being done for us and our families in order to prevent the virus from spreading. We appeal to everyone to please cooperate and as much as possible stay home. Bahay muna, buhay muna.”
The ECQ is scheduled to last until April 30, 2020. Are you in favor of the additional measures now being implemented by authorities? Let us know what you think in the comments.