MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) will deploy at least 200 personnel to help in the pilot run of the gradual increase in number of allowed passengers in public utility vehicles (PUV).
PNP-HPG director Brigadier General Alexander Tagum said their personnel will be deployed in different parts of Metro Manila to extend any form of assistance to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and ensure the strict observance of minimum public health standards among passengers.
“Nag-prepare na ang aking mga ground commander para ma-maximize ang deployment ng aming mga highway patrol personnel to assist our motorist,” Tagum said.
“Patuloy ang aming mandate para sa pagpapatupad ng health protocol para sa motorist at mga pasahero. Primary mandate namin ay ang pag-support sa lahat ng requirement ng PNP at local government units so we assure that HPG will be there to assist in whatever we can to ensure na mas maganda ang byahe ng ating motorist in accordance to the protocol ng IATF,” he added.
The DOTr earlier said the pilot run will begin on November 4. The result of the test would determine if public transportation can already resume to its full operation amid the pandemic.
The pilot run was scheduled after the government’s task force on COVID-19 response approved the increase in operational capacity from the current 50% to 70% for public road-based and rail transportation plying Metro Manila and nearby provinces such as Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna.
PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar reminded commuters to continue observing the health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus in PUVs.
“May plastic barrier man o wala, may law enforcer man o wala, ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa laban sa COVID-19 ay nasa kamay ng bawat driver at pasahero. Kaya sa mga kapatid nating driver ng mga pampasaherong sasakyan, huwag na sanang mauwi sa sitahan pa ang bagong patakarang ito dahil alam ninyo na kayo din naman ang magdurusa kung kayo ay mahuli,” he said.