Yay or Nay: EDSA Checkpoints Removed by the PNP-HPG

Roving police on motorcycles have been deployed instead.

(SPOT.ph) We're only a few days into Metro Manila's slight downgrade to a modified enhanced community quarantine so you may want to keep a lookout for all the adjustments. Motorist checkpoints along EDSA have been transferred to other major roads in Metro Manila by the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group

A build up of cars along EDSA on May 16, the first day of a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the Metro.
PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

This move was done in order to avoid buildups along the main thoroughfare. Instead of checkpoints, the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has deployed 40 motorcycle riders "to conduct random inspections," Police Brigadier General Eliseo Cruz, PNP-HPG head, told Inquirer.net.

Checkpoints have been moved to four other main roads in the Metro:

  • C-5 Road
  • Commonwealth Avenue
  • Quezon Avenue
  • Roxas Boulevard

A stop-and-go scheme will be implemented at these stationary checkpoints to avoid congestion.

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Monday, May 18, marked the first workday under MECQ for most people in Metro Manila. Around 115,000 private vehicles—or 30% the usual amount—flocked to EDSA on that day, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, with congestion seen in several areas along the route. The slow traffic recorded was "caused by passengers with no company ID. They were told to go back," spokesperson Celine Paliago told Manila Bulletin.

The PNP reminded folks to stay at home as much as possible. The roads should be kept open for those whose travel is necessary, noted Guillermo Eleazar, chief of Joint Task Force COVID-Shield in the Inquirer report. "Let’s respect our workers, who are the government’s priority to reinvigorate the economy, and give them the opportunity to earn a living for their families."

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