As workers slowly return to work after the easing of restrictions due to the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), there has been a noticeable increase in vehicular and foot traffic not just in Metro Manila itself, but across checkpoints near the borders around Metro Manila.
Despite workers and other authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) now being allowed to go outside to go to their respective jobs, they will still have to cross checkpoints in order to gain entry to Metro Manila.
In order to avoid being flagged by the authorities, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advised everyone to always bring their company IDs and other documents that show where they work and where they live.
According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, several workers that wished to enter Metro Manila last Saturday weren't able to due to lack of valid IDs and documents.
“Nung Saturday, madami po yung pagkakataon na pinabalik po at pinababa yung mga walang company ID at basic documents — 'yun po 'yung mga usual na mga nagiging problema,” said Pialago.
[On Saturday, there were times people were asked to go back or stopped due to missing company IDs and basic documents — these were the common problems]
Following the increase of workers and APORs, Pialago added that ground personnel along checkpoints have also increased in order to ensure that all personnel inside vehicles, including passengers aboard shuttle services, are allowed to leave their homes and have all the necessary documents.
In partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Pialago added that there will an intensified inspection along the entry points in Metro Manila to ensure that only authorized personnel will be able to enter Metro Manila.
“Pakiusap lang po para iwas delay, yung mga basic documentation po ay ihanda po natin para hindi po tayo naha-hassle, hindi po tayo pinapabalik ng ating mga personnel sa ground,” added Pialago
[To avoid delay, we ask you to prepare basic documentation in order to avoid being hassled, so you won’t be asked to turn back by our ground personnel]
With more and more workers entering Metro Manila amid the MECQ, the job of the PNP and the MMDA just got a lot harder. But like what Pialago said earlier, one must always have the company IDs on hand, as well as documentation like a certificate of employment (COE) as proof that you do have business/work to get to inside Metro Manila.