HomeNewsCheckpoint set-up, guidelines issued

Checkpoint set-up, guidelines issued

  • PDF
  • Print
  • E-mail

Inbound checkpoints will utilize a three-lane set-up to facilitate faster and smoother security checks in compliance with the City’s ‘no ID, no entry’ policy, authorities said.

To manage the heavy flow of traffic in checkpoints, roads leading to checkpoint sites will be divided into a motorcycle and tricycle lane, a PUJ/PUV and bus lane, and a private vehicle and cargo truck lane.

Yesterday, I sought the permission of the mayor to coordinate with DPWH, and good enough we were given the authority to relocate the concrete barriers. This afternoon, the City Engineer’s Office, together with our office, the Task Force Zamboanga, the City Police, and the barangay tanods will move the concrete barrier to enable three lanes inbound,” City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said Monday, May 29, at City Hall.

The PUJ/PUV and bus lane will have a passenger drop-off point, and passengers will be directed to a checking area for security checks.

As an additional security measure and to further facilitate traffic flow, the local government will also be clearing checkpoint roads from stalls and vendors, Apolinario disclosed.

With the strict implementation of the ‘no ID, no entry’ policy, authorities urged individuals passing through checkpoints to present government-issued IDs and documents.

“We are very specific on the required IDs to be presented, these are the government-issued IDs. If you do not have these IDs, they can present proof of identity like government-issued documents like cedula, the NBI clearances, barangay clearances, even birth certificates,” Task Force Zamboanga Commander Col. Leonel Nicolas said.

Nicolas discouraged the use of company IDs, as these can be easily forged and faked.

Individuals unable to present or refuse to submit their IDs for inspection will be investigated, authorities said.

As part of the issued guidelines for checkpoints, the local government reminds the public that checkpoints must be well-lighted, properly identified, and manned by uniformed personnel.

Upon approach, vehicles are advised to slow down, dim headlights, and turn on cabin lights. Ordinary and routine questions may be asked at checkpoints. Security forces may conduct a search in situations where they see suspicious objects or markings on vehicles.

Drivers and passengers are urged to be courteous but firm with answers, and to avoid cracking jokes or name dropping with security forces.

Finally, the rule of law and respect for human rights will always prevail. Residents may report violations and other concerns to hotline numbers 926-9274, 0917-711-3536, 0917-794-5590, and 0918-935-7858. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:12