It's been more than a year since the Philippines was placed under Community Quarantine. Starting this week, parts of the country have reverted to the strictest form of Enhanced Community Quarantine. From March 29 - April 4, 2021, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will be under ECQ.
With it, checkpoints have once again been placed around Metro Manila and nearby provinces. According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), a total of 1,106 checkpoints have been set up in National Captial Region (NCR) and nearby areas.
In Metro Manila alone, there are 929 checkpoints with around 7,876 PNP personnel deployed. Meanwhile, in Region 4A, the PNP set up 15 checkpoints and deployed 498 police personnel. Last but not least is Region 3 which has 162 checkpoints, along with 982 police units posted.
Originally, the affected areas were placed under the so-called “NCR Plus Bubble”. But due to the reimposing of ECQ, checkpoints and quarantine control points (QCPs) were brought back to ensure only authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) will be able to travel amid the ECQ. This means that travel within these areas is limited once more.
With the checkpoints making a return, expect heavy traffic when you need to enter/exit NCR or the nearby provinces. Just this morning, hundreds of vehicles and motorcycles had to endure long lines at the Marcos Highway checkpoint, bordering Marikina City and Cainta, Rizal. A similar situation also surprised motorists that frequently travel along the Batasan-San Mateo Bridge which borders San Mateo, Rizal, and Quezon City.
With the ECQ set to last until Easter Sunday, the government is encouraging everyone to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary. If you don’t have any business or errands to attend to, it would be best to just stay indoors and wait until ECQ is lifted.