In case you missed it, Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are now under a GCQ bubble starting today, March 22, until the end of holy week, April 4.
Referred to as “NCR Plus” by the government, leisure travel into and out of the area is banned. However, essential travel or emergencies are exempt. Frontliners and vital workers who need to pass through these areas must present the necessary documents before passage.
With that, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will monitor those entering and exiting the bubble. To properly enforce who can and cannot go through NCR Plus, the PNP has set up Quarantine Control Points (QCP) along the borders of the GCQ bubble. There are a total of 20 checkpoints around the boundary, and you may check them out and their locations below.
If you happen to be passing through in any of these areas, be prepared to present proper documentation, IDs, and proof that you are allowed to travel. If you do not have any business going into or out of NCR Plus, it is better to head home. Otherwise, the PNP officers manning QCPs will tell you to turn back. Only those that belong in the list of workers allowed to travel may pass through.
According to PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana, border control will help regulate those entering and exiting the regions of the GCQ.
“'Yung boundaries ng NCR plus, doon sa strategic areas kung saan nandoon 'yung boundary ilo-locate 'yungcheckpoint. Now outside the boundary meron din po 'yung border control kung sino po 'yung papasok sa 'NCR plus'. So kung sila ay essential worker definitely sila ay papayagan pero kapag non-essential workers sasabihan lang po yung papasok na bumalik na po, ” Usana said.
[Checkpoints are set up in the boundaries and strategic areas of NCR plus. Outside the boundaries, we have border control, so we can check who is entering NCR plus. If they are essential workers, they are allowed to enter, but if not, they would have to go back]
Meanwhile, inside NCR plus, there are over 300 checkpoints set up to enforce the 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew. Over in CAVITEX, two new checkpoints have been put up and will also be manned by the PNP.
With more checkpoints being put up, the government is serious about restricting movement. The only question now is whether the move will be efficient in curbing the infection rate.