Ahead of ECQ, Checkpoints Return in NCR Plus Borders

To help prevent the spread of Delta variant.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

Border controls will be reinstated along the boundaries of the NCR Plus region beginning Sunday, Aug. 1, five days before millions return into ECQ or lockdown to slow the spread of the hyper-contagious delta variant of COVID.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government said it directed the activation of quarantine control points along the borders of Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal to ensure that only authorized persons outside of residence or APOR are allowed to travel in and out.

During the implementation of quarantine control points, the Philippine National Police will only allow APORs to pass and will recognize:

  • IATF IDs issued by regulatory agencies, and
  • Valid IDs or pertinent documentation issued by establishments allowed to operate under the current quarantine classification

Persons not allowed to go out of their residences will not be permitted to pass through the borders and will be asked to return to their homes.

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Cargo and delivery services, especially those that bring food across quarantine control points, will be allowed to move across the borders

“The implementation of strict border controls in the NCR Plus areas is critical to stopping the spread of the Delta variant,” said Interior Sec. Eduardo Año.

Metro Manila will be placed under the stricter enhanced community quarantine anew from Aug. 6 to 20 due to the threat of the Delta variant.

From Aug. 1 to 5, the capital region would remain under general community quarantine with "heightened" restrictions.

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