MMDA lifts number coding scheme for PUVs

Maris Federez   •   April 23, 2019   •   2099

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the number coding scheme is lifted on Tuesday, April 23.

This, however, covers all Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) ONLY.

In its official Twitter page, the MMDA said the order was to give way to the agency’s efforts to assist the commuting public who will be affected by the temporary closure of the MRT/LRT lines.

-Maris Federez

DILG to offer shuttle service for health workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 18, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said they are eyeing to provide shuttle services for employees working in the health sector amid the enhanced community quarantine.

DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya said the instruction of DILG Secretary Eduardo Año on the first day of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is for local government units (LGUs) to assist their health workers.

Inaayos na po natin ang sistema para magkaroon na po sila ng shuttle service, (we are working on the system for them [health workers] to have shuttle services),” he said.

Amid the mass transportation ban, the government of Quezon City provided free rides for stranded passengers. A rescue van in Caloocan, meanwhile, also offered free rides to stranded passengers along Balintawak area.

Alberto Caranto, a barangay officer in Caloocan City said there was still enough space in their van so there was no reason not to assist stranded passengers.

Nakita namin itong mga tao kawawa naman po ilang oras nang naghihintay, kaya kami isinakay na namin sila, (We saw these people who are waiting for hours so we offered to give them a ride)” he said. — AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

PNP warns arrest vs. PUV drivers still operating during enhanced quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   March 17, 2020

Droves of taxi units line the length of EDSA after being arrested for violating the public transportation ban under the enhanced community quarantine.

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday warned that public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers who still continue to operate amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon will be arrested.

Highway Patrol Group (HPG) director Police Brigadier General Eliseo Cruz said that PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa has given the order for cops manning border checkpoints to apprehend those who will disobey the suspension order for mass public transport.

“Ipinag-utos natin sa lahat ng Regional Highway patrol group unit na ipatupad na ito, hulihin na lahat ang public utility vehicles yung bus, jeep sa kamaynilaan, yung taxi,” Cruz said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night placed Luzon region under enhanced quarantine period in an effort to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Under the enhanced quarantine period, operations of mass public transportation, including buses, jeepneys, taxis, Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), UV Express, Point-to-Point Buses, and motorcycle taxis are suspended.

The suspension is effective from March 17 to April 13, the Department of Transportation said.

During day one of the measure, 600 taxis plying the stretch of south and north bounds of EDSA Santolan were blocked by authorities.

“Makikita niyo puro taxi na ang nahuhuli natin dahil wala na talaga yung mga bus. Ipinatupad na ng kanilang company na hindi na sila bibiyahe, itong mga taxi ang mga dahilan ay hindi daw hindi alam,” Cruz said.

He said the license of the said taxi drivers were initially collected but were later released as they opted to just take a photo of their license cards, and get the taxi operators’ contact details to warn them against continuing operation.

“The HPG will submit a report to LTFRB o LTO for their appropriate action. Sa ngayon ire-release natin sila pero tuloy-tuloy ang panghuhuli namin sa mga susunod na araw,” he said.

Authorities earlier said that arrests will only be made during the enhanced quarantine period if people show blatant disrespect or disobedience to authorities.

Under this enhanced community quarantine period, strict home quarantine is also imposed and heightened forces deployed to control points will be implemented. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

LTFRB ‘strongly urges’ PUV drivers, passengers to wear face masks amid COVID-19 fears

Robie de Guzman   •   March 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday called on public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, operators and passengers to undertake appropriate measures to prevent the spread of illnesses amid the threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

In an advisory, the LTFRB strongly urged PUV drivers and conductors to wear face masks at all times while on duty, as stated on the Memorandum Circular (MC) 2020-005 issued recently.

The agency also reminded terminal operators to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness in their premises.

Face masks, disinfectants or sanitizers for free use of passengers should also be provided by transport operators, the LTFRB said.

Public transport providers are also urged to sanitize their vehicle units using hospital-grade disinfectants before and after deployment, and to be “wary of anyone manifesting symptoms of infection.”

The agency likewise called on transport operators to avoid overcrowding in public buses, and to work with health authorities by reporting suspected coronavirus cases.

“Passengers are encouraged to participate in the conduct of these measures by disinfecting their seats before and after use,” the LTFRB said.

“The Board calls out all drivers and operators to be reminded of their responsibility to provide a safe and reliable public transportation system to the riding public—now, more than ever,” it added.

The agency issued the reminder following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a state of public health emergency as recommended by the Department of Health.

As of posting, the Philippines has 33 confirmed coronavirus cases.

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