MANILA – A total of 107 Dedicated Control Points (DCPs) have been set up nationwide for cargo vehicles following the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon until April 30, the Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF CV Shield) said Tuesday.
Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, JTF CV Shield head, said the DCPs, would ensure unhampered movement of cargo vehicles carrying food items and other basic necessities.
Eleazar assured that all DCPs were manned and supervised by personnel of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and such control points were augmented by local police forces.
Of this number, 44 were established in Luzon where the ECQ is strictly being implemented, 26 in the Visayas and 37 in Mindanao.
A total of 563 HPG personnel were deployed to man and supervise the DCPs, Eleazar said.
“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,” Eleazar said in a media statement.
The JTF CV Shield is the enforcement arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID). It is composed of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Eleazar said they expect more DCPs to be set up in the coming days.
Meanwhile, there are a total of 3,593 Quarantine Control Points (QCPs) set up nationwide. These are manned by a total of 33,828 policemen and other members of the JTF CV Shield.
Of this figure, 1,715 are in Luzon; 696 in the Visayas; and, 1,182 in Mindanao.
It is in the QCPs where private vehicles and persons are being checked. Only those considered as Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) are being allowed to pass the QCPs. (PNA)