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Checkpoint Check: What They're Like, What They Can and Can't Do

Plus, a list of where the checkpoints will be.
Checkpoint Check: What They're Like, What They Can and Can't Do
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Plus, a list of where the checkpoints will be.

The Metro Manila "community quarantine" has officially begun. Checkpoints (a.k.a. "police visibility operations") have been put in place along the Metro's borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19; around 20,000 members of the Philippine National Police have been deployed, along with uniformed personnel from the Philippine Armed Forces.

The number of people moving in and out of the National Capital Region are being limited to health workers, authorized government workers, and those heading to their place of work, among others. After a rather confusing two days since President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement and authorities ironing out how the month-long quarantine period will work, it seems this is what the checkpoints will officially be like.

What Happens at the Checkpoints

 

 

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Motorists passing through the checkpoints will be subjected to a check for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 by personnel in fatigues and protective gear such as face masks and gloves. You will also be asked to show proof of employment or necessary business inside Metro Manila to get in. Those in buses and other public utility vehicles should be practicing social distancing by seating apart, according to the latest rules given by the Philippine National Police to the local government of Muntinlupa City.

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This means that you can expect quite the build-up at the Metro's borders. No word yet on just how bad the traffic can get, though commuters taking buses will be inspected at the pick-up points, clarified Debold Sinas, chief of the National Capital Region (NCR) Police Office. Ideally, this will help the traffic flow.

While it isn't illegal to be sick, violators of community quarantine guidelines will supposedly be arrested, said Sinas earlier on March 13. "This is a global emergency so bawal ang pasaway," said Senator Bato dela Rosa in defense of this decision. "Arrest? Yes. Detention? No. After arrest send them back home,"said the senator. Note, though, the Department of Justice has clarified that people simply trying to get in and out of the Metro can't be arrested.

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"Pwede ka nilang harangin at wag papasukin, na tama lang naman kung kailangan, pero hindi ka nila pwedeng arestuhin at ikulong dahil hindi naman krimen ang subukang pumasok sa Metro Manila," explained human rights lawyer Chel Diokno.

A "warrantless arrest" can only be carried out if "the person assaults the law enforcement agents, or slanders him, or bribes him," clarified Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

Where the Checkpoints Are Located

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There will be no physical barriers along the Metro's boundaries, for a "softer approach" to the checkpoints, according to an ABS-CBN report. There will be signages though, and the presence of uniformed personnel should be a dead giveaway.

Check out the locations as specified by the National Capital Region Police Office below:

Northern Police District

Caloocan City

  • Quirino Highway corner Malaria Road (boundary of Caloocan and Bulacan)
  • Phase 7C Dela Costa Homes (boundary of Caloocan and Muzon, Bulacan)
  • Phase 9 Evergreen Village, Gaya-Gaya (boundary of Caloocan and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan)
  • Phase 10 Caloocan and Bulacan Bridge
  • Bankers Village Gate 3 (boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan, Bulacan)
  • Sierra Nova Subdivision 1 (boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan, Bulacan)
  • Sierra Nova Subdivision 2 (boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan, Bulacan)
  • Sierra Nova Subd 3 (boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan, Bulacan)
  • Gubat Sa Siudad (boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan, Bulacan)
  • Shelterville Brgy 171 (boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan, Bulacan)

Malabon City

  • Don Asilio Boulevard, Dampalit, Malabon
  • Panghulo Road, Malabon
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Valenzuela City

  • North Luzon Expressway entrance
  • MacArthur Highway, Malanday (boundary of Valenzuela and Meycauyan)
  • Punturin boundary of Libtong Meycauyan (Primary)
  • North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harborlink (Mindanao Avenue Exit)
  • Lawang Bato Emergency Exit to NLEX
  • Viente Reales Skyline Exit 10 Meycauyan, Bulacan
  • Viente Reales Tugatog Exit to Meycauyan, Bulacan
  • Lingunan Ciudad Grande
  • Exit to Meycauyan
  • NLEX Linguhan Exit Going to Valenzuela
  • Lawang Bato NLEX
  • Overpass Near Memorial Gardens
  • NLEX Paso De Blas Entrance
  • Wawang Pulo Boundary of Obando Bulacan

Southern Police District

Muntinlupa City

  • Susana Heights

Las Piñas City

  • Daang Hari
  • Zapote Road

Parañaque City

  • Roxas Boulevard corner MIA Road
  • Macapagal Boulevard corner Pacific Avenue

Muntinlupa City

  • Tunasan-San Pedro Boundary, Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
  • Tunasan-Cuyab Boundary, Arandia Street, Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
  • In front of Parce Bello, Victoria Homes, Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
  • Biazon Road corner MCX Road, Poblacion, Muntinlupa City
  • SLEX Tollgate Exit (Westbound), East Service Road, Alabang Viaduct, Muntinlupa City
  • Sucat-Taguig Boundary, Dr. A Bunyi Street, Sucat
  • Major J Posadas Avenue, corner West Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa City
  • In front of Total Gas Station, Don Jesus Boulevard corner West Service Road, Cupang, Muntinlupa City
  • Muntinlupa-Las Piñas Boundary, Alabang-Zapote Road, Cupang, Muntinlupa City
  • In front of Police Outpost, along Investment, Drive Corner Commerce Avenue, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
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Parañaque City

  • Roxas Blvrd near footbridge Baclaran
  • Airport Road infront of UCPB Baclaran
  • Bradco Avenue corner Diokno Avenue, Tambo
  • NAIA Avenue, Near Pascor Drive, Sto. Niño
  • Pacific Avenue, corner Macapagal Boulevard, Don Galo
  • C5 Road Corner Kaingin Road
  • Quirino Avenue corner Victor Medina, San Dionisio
  • C5 Road Boundary of Las Piñas and Parañaque
  • Canaycay Ave., in front of Caltex Brgy San Dionisio
  • Sucat Interchange
  • Doña Soledad Avenue, near Skyway Entrance/Exit
  • West Service Road, corner Marcelo Avenue,Marcelo Green
  • West Service Road infront of Robinson, Merville
  • PNR Bicutan Interchange

Las Piñas City

  • Along C5 Road Extension, Manuyo Uno, Las Piñas City (Las Piñas City and Parañaque Boundary)
  • Along Padre Diego Cera Avenue, Manuyo Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Zapote Viaduct, Zapote, Las Piñas City
  • Along Canaycay Avenue, Manuyo Dos, Las Piñas City
  • Riverdrive, BFRV, Talon Dos, Las Piñas City
  • Marcos Alvarez Aveue, Talon Singko, Las Piñas City
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Eastern Police District

Marikina City

  • Makabayan Street, corner JP Rizal, Nangka
  • Pambili Street, corner Marcos Highway (U-Turn) San Roque
  • Armscor Avenue corner Sampaguita Street, Fortune (To San Mateo)
  • Delos Santos Avenue, Monterey Hills, Fortune (To San Mateo)
  • Lilac Street, corner Olive Street, Concepcion Dos (To Antipolo)
  • Olive ExtensionFootbridge, Concepcion Dos (To Antipolo)
  • Sumulong Hi-way corner Katipunan Access Road, Sto. Niño (To Antipolo)
  • Marcos Highway infront of Buenaviahe Building, San Roque
  • San Miguel PH 3, Fortune
  • Champaca Street corner Ponteverde Drive, Concepcion Dos
  • Panorama Street, corner Waco Street, Concepcion Dos
  • Panorama Street, corner Ignatius Street, Concepcion Dos
  • Katipunan Street, corner Tangerin Street, Concepcion Dos
  • Chestnut Street, corner Gospel Street, San Roque
  • East Bank Road, Sta Lucia (To Taytay)
  • Ortigas Ave. Extension, Sta. Lucia ( To Antipolo/Taytay)

Pasig City

  • Kaginhawaan Street corner Lexi Avenue, Manggahan
  • Green Park Gate Felix Ave Dela Paz
  • Greenwood Avenue, Pinagbuhatan
  • R. Thadeus Street, MRV, Sta Lucia
  • West Bank Road, Maybunga (To Taytay)
  • A. Sandoval corner Eusebio Avenue, Pinagbuhatan ( To Taytay)
  • Eusebio Ave corner C-6 Road, Pinagbuhatan (To Taytay)
  • Tramo Road, Sta Lucia
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This story originally appeared on Spot.phMinor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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