Gamboa to cops: Observe checkpoint exemptions

Published March 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Martin Sadongdong 

Individuals exempted from the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon can pass through checkpoints upon presenting the necessary documents during inspection, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reminded the cops on Friday.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

This, after PNP Chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa acknowledged reports from the ground saying that some of those exempted from the strict home quarantine are still barred from passing through checkpoints by cops and soldiers.

“On a daily basis, nire-remind namin ang mga kapulisan on the exceptions para ma-guide sila (On a daily basis, we are reminding the the cops in the exemptions to guide them),” Gamboa said during the Laging Handa virtual press conference in Malacanang.
Among those exempted from stringent home quarantine are employees of establishments involved in the production, processing, and distribution of basic necessities such as food (supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, wet markets), pharmacies and drug stores; banks and remittance centers.
Members of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and other uniformed personnel are likewise exempted as well as personnel involved in health work, border control, emergency, and other mission-critical services.
Members of the media are also exempted provided that they have the necessary authorization from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Meanwhile, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), “balikbayans” and foreign nationals will be allowed to leave the Philippines at any time, as long as their departure is 24 hours from the time they leave their homes or hotels.
Documents being checked at checkpoints include company IDs, proof of residence, certification of employment, delivery receipt for those transporting goods to and from the quarantine area, and authorizations or certifications.
President Duterte earlier placed the entire Luzon, home to 57 million people, under enhanced community quarantine to restrict the movement of people and prevent the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).