PNP steps up watch on illegal movement of people amid ECQ

The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) on Thursday said it has stepped up its monitoring and apprehension efforts on the unauthorized movement of people across the borders of the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, or the NCR plus “bubble”.

PNP-HPG director, PBGen. Alexander Tagum cascaded the directive to all the command’s regional heads and units in Metro Manila, Region IV-A, and Region V following a viral video showing a cargo truck being accosted for transporting people from Camarines Sur to Quezon province last week.

This was followed by the joint operation of HPG and Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) personnel that resulted in the apprehension of 11 passenger vans and cars over the same infraction.

More colorum vehicles were accosted by the HPG’s Regional Highway Patrol Units (RHPU) around Metro Manila for attempting to move unauthorized persons outside of residence between the NCR plus borders while the enhanced community quarantine is in effect.

NCR plus areas were placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until 11 April as part of the national government’s measure to arrest the alarming spike of coronavirus disease infections in the country.

“Even before the video broke out in the news yesterday (Wednesday), our (regional chiefs) in Regions 4A and 5, in coordination with the LTFRB and other concerned agencies, were already actively addressing the incident to make sure that it will not happen again,” noted Tagum.

He then assured they will continue with their close coordination with the LTFRB, Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to ensure there will be no unauthorized movement of people to and from NCR plus areas.

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