IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila lockdown begins
IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila lockdown begins

Here's what checkpoints look like at the start of the 'community quarantine'

MANILA, Philippines – On the stroke of midnight, the area of over 12 million people was placed in a state of “community quarantine,” which involves a ban on land, domestic air, and domestic sea travels in and out of the region.

The Metro Manila lockdown was announced by President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, March 12, after declaring that the alert level for the coronavirus has been raised to its maximum level of Code Red Sublevel 2.

Thousands of policemen in combat uniform stand guard along roads that connect Metro Manila to its adjacent provinces, namely: Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan. Troops from the military’s Joint Task Force-NCR were also deployed.

Here was how Metro Manila’s border looked like during the start of the first massive lockdown in the country in recent history:

SEND-OFF. Members of the military's Joint Task Force-NCR hold a final briefing at Camp Aguinaldo before their deployment. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

NO EXEMPTION. Policemen halts a tricyle entering Pasig City at a checkpoint along Eastbank Floodway. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/Rappler


TEMPERATURE CHECK. A policewoman stops a motorist in Balintawak, Quezon City to check on their body temperatures Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

NO ID, NO ENTRY. A police officer inspects the identification card of a motorists entering Metro Manila from NLEX at a checkpoint in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

ARMED. Muntinlupa policemen armed with rifles man the checkpoint at the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

OUTSIDE THE METRO. A policeman uses a long-range thermal scanner to check the body temperature of motorist inside a jeepney entering Cainta, Rizal. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PROTECTIVE GEAR. A trooper from the AFP's Joint Task Force-NCR man the checkpoint in Valenzuela City. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

CERTIFICATION. A driver form Laguna shows a document to a checkpoint officer prior to his entry to Metro Manila along the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

AUGMENTATION FORCE. Barangay officials guard a control point in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

FRONTLINE WORKER. A DOH personnel checks the body temperature of a motorist at the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Lagun. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NO TRAFFIC, NO PEOPLE. An unusual empty road and establishment at the usually crowded Timog-Morato area in Quezon City minutes after the community quarantine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The lockdown covers 16 cities and one municipality of Metro Manila and will last until April 14, as prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. –

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