‘All barangay checkpoints must be supervised, approved by PNP’— Gov Marcos Manotoc clarifies

LAOAG CITY — To address the public confusion posed by the removal of barangay checkpoints along major roads amidst COVID-19 scare, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc clarifies that these checkpoints are allowed provided that it is in coordination with the local police officers.

“Provincial Director PCol. Christopher Abrahano has clarified to me na hindi bawal ang barangay checkpoints. Pwede pa rin kaya lang dapat supervised and approved by PNP [Philippine National Police],” Gov. Marcos Manotoc explained.

The confusion was stirred after the Joint Task Force Coronavirus Shield (JTF CV Shield), in compliance with the Department of Interior and Local Government order, issued a directive dismantling barangay checkpoints established along the national highway and provincial roads.

The new directive aims to ensure unrestricted travel of cargoes transporting basic necessities and to enforce uniformed COVID-19 quarantine guidelines.

According to JTF CV Shield, only PNP manned checkpoints are permitted along major thoroughfares. PNP personnel are also authorized to check cargo trucks during the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine.

However, barangay checkpoints are allowed in interior roads as long as it is coordinated with and supervised by the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office.

“I think what they [JTF CV Shield] only want is to remove any of the blockades because some checkpoints are unnecessary,” Gov. Marcos Manotoc added. 

Recently, Ilocos Norte has started limiting the inter-town movement to reduce the chances of spreading the infectious virus. Thus, Gov. Marcos Manotoc appealed to barangay captains to double the efforts in regulating movement in their jurisdictions and properly adhere to the quarantine protocols set by the national government.