The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has started intensifying its anti-colorum operations following the recent interception of illegal transport of people to and from the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus.
According to the PNP-HPG chief Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum, he has immediately ordered HPG regional chiefs and highway patrol units in Calabarzon, Bicol Region, and in Metro Manila to tighten their watch, in the wake of the apprehension of a cargo truck that illegally transports people from Ragay in Camarines Sur to Tagkawayan in Quezon last 3 April 2021.
On 4 April 2021 the HPG personnel, in cooperation with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), apprehended 13 colorum vehicles, composed of 11 passenger vans and two cars, for the same violation.
The following day, operatives from the Regional Highway Patrol Units in the National Capital Region apprehended another 11 passenger vans that attempted to transport unauthorized persons outside of their residences to various destinations.
“Even before the video broke out in the on Wednesday, our regional chiefs in Regions 4A and 5, in coordination with the LTFRB and other concerned agencies, were already actively addressing the incident to make sure that it will not happen again,” Tagum said.
With this development, the HPG said it will continue to work with the LTFRB, Land Transportation Office and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in preventing the unnecessary movement or transport of people to and from Metro Manila, including the neighboring provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.