TO MONITOR HEALTH PROTOCOLS IN PUV, CHECKPOINT IS SET AT VALENZUELA-BULACAN
On Thursday, the Northern Police District (NPD) conducted a checkpoint at the boundary of Meycauayan, Bulacan and Valenzuela City in Metro Manila to check the compliance of passengers with the minimum health standards against the spread of COVID-19 inside public utility vehicles.
According to a report, NPD personnel were accosting passengers who are ignoring the wearing of face masks and face shields as well as physical distancing.
The checkpoint is a usual operation ensuring that the guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) are being observed, NPD director Police Brigadier General Eliseo Cruz said.
“Lalo na dito sa pampublikong sasakyan na dumadaan dito sa boundary ng Valenzuela at Meycauayan.”
According to Cruz, the area was selected for the checkpoint because it is the boundary of Bulacan and Metro Manila, which was expected to have a surge in COVID-19 cases during the holiday season.
He added, “So hinahanapan natin ng compliance ‘yung mga pasahero, yung mga pampublikong sasakyan sa pagsusuot ng face masks at face shields tsaka ‘yung mga physical distancing.”
So far, police offered free face shields for those passengers not wearing one.
Checkpoints have been placed in strategic areas to check if people are complying with the minimum health protocols such as wearing face shield and face mask, said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.
Also, he added that the checkpoints were in preparation for the upcoming anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26.
Among the checkpoints installed was one at the boundary of Pasig City and Rizal.