Private car screening tightened at Metro Manila entry points: MMDA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2020 12:06 PM

Traffic builds up along EDSA before the MRT-3 Boni Station in Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, the start of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Authorities said Monday they tightened checks for private cars at Metro Manila's entry points as the slow easing of a 2-month lockdown in the capital led to a surge in vehicular traffic

Checking of passes and IDs will be stricter to ensure that only those who are allowed outside of their homes are on the road, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority spokesperson Celine Pialago said.

"Sa dumami po ang bilang ng mga sasakyan simula nung Sabado...kailangan po isa-isahin at ikumpirma ang sakay ng sasakyan," Pialago said. 

(Because of the number of vehicles, we need to confirm the passengers one by one.)

"Nagpagusapan na sa mga entry points pa lamang ay masala na yung mga pribadong sasakyan na papasok sa Metro Manila," she added.

(We agreed that enhanced screening of private vehicles will be enforced right at the entry points to Metro Manila)

New checkpoints were placed along EDSA and more traffic personnel were deployed since more people are allowed to report to work physically, she said.

Workers caught traveling without a valid ID were a told to back or to alight from shuttle buses, she said. Pialago reminded the public to always bring necessary documents while out on the streets. 

Metro Manila and other high risk areas will remain under modified lockdown until May 31.