Last week, the DILG ordered all barangays to remove checkpoints along national highways and provincial roads immediately as they became the cause of delay for the delivery of basic goods and commodities. Not only that, but some of these checkpoints were also imposing their own rules and regulations which did not follow with the Inter-Agency Task Force's (IATF) guidelines.

Now, the Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF CV Shield), along with the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), have announced that they have put up dedicated control points (DCPs) for cargo trucks carrying basic commodities and necessities.

A total of 107 DCPs have been set up nationwide for cargo vehicles following the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine. According to JTF CV Shield Commander Lt. General Guillermo Eleazar, the DCPs will last until April 30 and will ensure the unhampered movement of cargo vehicles. Eleazar added that all DCPs are manned and supervised by personnel of the PNP-HPG, which translates to a total of 563 HPG personnel deployed across the DCPs.

“The movement of cargo vehicles have significantly improved since the establishment of the DCPs. This is what President Duterte wants — ensure that delivery of food items and other basic goods are not delayed because of the current situation we are into,” added Eleazar.

Out of the total number of DCPs put up, 44 were installed in Luzon where the ECQ is still in effect. Meanwhile, Visayas and Mindanao have 26 and 37 DCPs respectively. Eleazar said that more DCPs for cargo vehicles will be put up in the coming days in order to make sure all cargo trucks carrying basic goods will be checked thoroughly.

With the DCPs in place nationwide, the JTF CV Shield is confident that these dedicated checkpoints for cargo trucks will eliminate the slow transport of basic goods and commodities during the extended ECQ.