MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will issue access stickers starting Thursday, December 7, to allow qualified private motorists to pass through Camp Aguinaldo as early as this week.
This was confirmed by Brigadier General Allan Martin, commander of Camp Aguinaldo, the military headquarters in Quezon City.
Only the road linking Gates 3 and 6 of Camp Aguinaldo will be accessible to private motorists from 5 to 9 am, and from 4 to 7 pm, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
This road will also be open from 7 to 9 am, and from 4 to 7 pm, on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Martin said that weekends will not be included as this was not part of the request from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
So far, Martin said about 300 applications have been submitted, but only 20 to 30 of these had complete requirements, according to Martin.
The General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command of the AFP is the only body authorized to issue Camp Aguinaldo access stickers.
To apply for stickers, private motorists are required to submit the following:
Martin added that applicants will undergo a brief background check and interview. One of the questions to be asked is whether the motorist needs to regularly pass through Camp Aguinaldo, or has to do so only occasionally.
Martin added that a background check is needed to safeguard the military camp's security. He said that they cannot sacrifice its security even if they want to help ease the traffic congestion in the metropolis.
"I-che-check din natin kung sino 'yung gustong dumaan, kasi baka naman biglang dumaan 'yung mga sasakyan nila, 'yun pala may karga na magra-rally, 'di malaking sampal naman sa gobyerno," he said.
(We will check who will through because maybe their vehicles might turn out carrying protesters. That would be a big slap on the government's face.) – with reports from Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com