MEMBERS of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) have tightened their watch on 184 areas in Metro Manila which have been placed under granular lockdown to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and its more deadly variants.
Also known as Special Concern Area Lockdown (SCAL), residents in the affected areas are prohibited from leaving their houses by local police and barangay authorities.
As of Thursday, NCRPO agents under Major General Vicente D. Danao Jr. are guarding the 184 areas located in 74 barangays in nine Metro Manila cities.
The government last September 16 started the pilot run of granular lockdowns in the metropolis with with the new alert levels system in an effort to control the number of new COVID-19 cases while preventing businesses from closing at the same time.
Under the new scheme, only Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will be imposed in Metro Manila.
Under GCQ, granular lockdowns will be imposed by local government units. It will be complemented by the alert levels system which will determine the types of establishments are allowed to operate and at what capacity.
Granular lockdowns will last for a period not shorter than 14 days.
Persons who may enter and exit areas under a granular lockdown are limited to health workers, uniformed personnel enforcing the restrictions, returning or outbound overseas Filipino workers, and those with emergencies.
Those delivering food and other essential items can only go up to “border collection points” designated by the LGUs. Residents in areas under lockdown will also receive assistance from the LGUs and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The PNP said that 71 of the 184 areas under granular lockdown are houses, four are residential building floors, 15 are residential buildings, 93 are streets, and one subdivision or village.
A total of 399 NCRPO personnel and 560 force multipliers have been deployed in these areas to ensure compliance to health standards set by the IATF, said a report to PNP chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.