Don't be surprised to see more police checkpoints posted around the Metro. The Philippine National Police (PNP) recently announced that they will be deploying additional cops to man various checkpoints around Metro Manila amid the 2-week curfew.
According to PNP Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, they will deploy thousands of policemen to address the spike in new cases. He says additional forces will come from the Highway Patrol Group (HGP), Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF), as well as other units that have been tasked for increased police visibility.
“In consultation with our Chief PNP, Gen. Debold Sinas, I have ordered the deployment of additional policemen to augment the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in the implementation of uniform curfew hours in Metro Manila from March 15 to March 31, 2021,” said Eleazar.
A total of 9,634 policemen from the Quezon City Police District, (QCPD), Manila Police District (MPD), Eastern Police District (EPD), Northern Police District (NPD), and the Southern Police District (SPD) will be mobilized to assist during the 2-week curfew. The deployment will also see the setting up of 373 checkpoints in various strategic areas.
Eleazar says that the increase in police visibility has been a tried-and-tested formula that was first implemented in Metro Manila and Cebu City last year amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
“The mission is plain and simple: All police forces will strictly implement the uniform curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will ensure that people in Metro Manila observe the minimum health safety standard protocol,” added Eleazar.
Don't have any necessary trips in the evening? Better stay at home and follow the 2-week curfew that will run from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Plan your travels accordingly, and travel only when essential As always, remember to mask up, be responsible, and follow the minimum health protocols.