MANILA – The public was “compliant” on the first day of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and four nearby provinces on Monday, the chief of the Joint Task Force Covid Shield said.
Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag said ECQ in NCR Plus, which include Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, was “generally peaceful” and “satisfactorily compliant.”
“The Philippine National Police is prepared because Chief PNP Debold Sinas has been meeting with regional directors and provincial directors,” Binag said in Filipino during the Laging Handa briefing on Monday.
Binag said they have 1,112 quarantine control points (QCPs) to make sure the NCR Plus bubble is secured.
“I made the rounds this morning. I observed the streets and QCPs. We saw what needs to be improved on and we will discuss these later,” he said.
He reiterated that non-Authorized Persons Outside of Residence must stay home while essential workers need to present identification in lieu of travel passes.
Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya also said the movement of goods through logistics services remains unrestricted.
“Industries like agriculture, forestry, fishery, logistic service providers, cargoes should not be impeded, especially food coming from provinces. The police have been reminded they must be allowed to pass through checkpoints,” Malaya said, also during the briefing.
He also called on homeowner’s associations not to ban the entry of deliveries to their subdivisions.
“There are subdivisions that ban deliveries so residents are forced to go out and buy from supermarkets or restaurants. It would be better if we resort to delivery services so we highly encourage our different homeowners associations not to impede the movement of food delivery,” he said. (PNA)