AFP, PNP start manning checkpoints around NCR amid lockdown vs. COVID-19

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday have started manning entry and exit checkpoints around Metro Manila in compliance with the government's order to lockdown the National Capital Region (NCR) as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the region.

At a checkpoint in Ortigas on Monday, commuters and motorists went through the required checking with military personnel urging passersby to present valid identification cards and asking them what their purpose is for entering the city amid the ordered lockdown.

Meanwhile, as the government and health department advised the public to strictly implement social distancing, military staff were also prompted to check on public utility vehicles (PUVs), asking some commuters to get off at the checkpoint if the vehicles are caught full of passengers.

However, despite the difficulty being experienced with the imposition of a lockdown and strict social distancing, some commuters still support the measures being enforced upon the public.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier approved a resolution adopted by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, imposing “community quarantine” or lockdown in NCR.

With this, all land, domestic air, and sea travel to and from Metro Manila are no longer allowed, but the Department of the Interior and Local Government clarified that workers living in Metro Manila's nearby provinces are allowed entry into the region upon presentation of valid ID or proof that they are employed in NCR.