Modern jeepneys to ply streets of Quezon province this May

Robie de Guzman   •   May 23, 2019   •   6243

Fifteen jeepneys that are compliant with the government’s new standards will soon start servicing commuters in Quezon Province.

These modern public utility jeepneys were secured by the Lucban Genesis Transport System Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LGTSMPC) to phase out their old models.

The jeepneys will ply the streets of Lucban to Lucena City and back starting next week.

“Unang-una hindi na ho ito mausok kagaya ng dating sasakyan,” said Renwick Rutaquio, Regional Director of LTFRB Region 4A and 4B.

“At meron po tayong tinatawag na side door hindi na back door, so lahat na ng modernong jeep ngayon nasa side na ang labasan,” he added referring to the new design of public jeepneys under the government’s modernization program.

These units are also air-conditioned and equipped with CCTV cameras and Global Positioning System (GPS) which promote passenger safety.

Raul Gambino, the chairperson of LGTSMPC, stressed that the use of these modern jeepneys is important in providing quality, safe and environment-friendly public transportation.

“Sa panahon ngayon, kailangan ng pagbabago lalo’t higit sa transportasyon ngayon, ang dami kasing napapabalita na kung anu-ano mga aksidente. Maraming bagay na apektado ‘yung mamamayan, ‘yung mananakay, gayun din yung may-ari ng sasakyan na mga luma na,” he said.

The minimum fare for ordinary public jeepneys for the first four kilometers in Quezon Province is P9, with additional P1.50 for every succeeding kilometer.

The standard minimum fare for the modernized jeepney is P11, with additional P2 for every succeeding kilometer.

The distribution of modernized public utility jeepneys is part of the government’s program to phase out public vehicles that are at least 15 years old.

Some transport groups have opposed the program because their drivers cannot afford to get a modernized unit.

“Hindi po kami pabor doon katulad ko po isang driver wala po kaming kakayanang makapagprovide ng P100,000 na pang-down payment sa kanilang modernization,” said driver Edgar Saludes.

He, however, expressed hope that the government will look for ways to assist drivers in complying with the new system.

“Eh baka sakaling may magagawa sa amin ang gobyerno na para ‘yung maraming driver na mawawalan ng trabaho ay mabigyan din ng pabor ng gobyerno,” he said.

Rutaquio, meanwhile, assured they are working on a program that would allow ordinary jeepney drivers to secure a modernized jeepney unit.

“Nakikipag-coordinate kami sa mga bangko, sa mga manufacturers, sa OTC at CDA para sa ganun mapagkaisahan naming na tumulong sa mga kooperatiba na gustong kumuha ng mag modernong sasakyan,” he said.

The additional 63 modernized jeepneys for the Quezon province are expected to be delivered in the coming months. (with details from Japhet Cablaida)

‘No vax, no ride’ policy ipatutupad sa MRT-3 simula Enero 17

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

Simula Lunes, Enero 17, ay ipatutupad na ng pamunuan ng Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) ang “no vaccination, no ride” policy.

Ibig sabihin, tanging mga pasaherong fully vaccinated kontra COVID-19 ang pahihintulutang makasakay ng tren, matapos makapagprisinta ng kanilang vaccination card at isang valid o government-issued ID sa security marshal sa istasyon.

“Masasabing fully vaccinated ang isang pasahero laban sa COVID-19 dalawang linggo matapos niyang tumanggap ng kanyang ikalawang dose ng bakuna para sa 2-dose vaccine, o isang dose kung single-dose vaccine,” ayon sa MRT-3.

Ito ay sang-ayon sa kautusan ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na may layuning protektahan ang kalusugan ng mga pasahero ng tren.

Ayon sa MRT-3, hindi kasama sa “no vaccination, no ride” policy ang mga sumusunod:

• Mga pasaherong may medical condition kung kaya’t hindi makapagpabakuna. Kailangang magpakita ng duly-signed medical certicate na may ngalan at detalye ng doktor sa security marshal.
• Mga taong kukuha o bibili ng essential goods tula ng pagkain, gamot, tubig, medical and dental necessities, public utilities, at iba pa. Kailangang magpakita ng nararapat na dokumentasyon o patunay sa security marshal.

Paalala ng MRT-3, mahigpit pa ring ipinatutupad ang COVID-19 health and safety protocols sa buong linya, gaya ng pagbabawal kumain, uminom, makipag-usap sa telepono, at magsalita sa loob ng mga tren.

Mahigpit ding ipinatutupad ang pagsusuot ng face mask samantalang boluntaryo ang pagsusuot ng face shield.

Ang no vaccination, no ride/no entry sa MRT-3 ay epektibo hangga’t nasa Alert Level 3 pataas ang COVID-19 alert level status ng Metro Manila.

DOTr to enforce ‘no vax, no ride’ policy in Metro Manila public transport

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced it will be implementing a “no vaccination, no ride” policy for public utility vehicles operating in Metro Manila.

In a statement, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said he has issued a department order (DO) enforcing the “no vaccination, no ride” policy while a COVID-19 Alert Level 3 or higher is raised in Metro Manila as to be determined by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

“All concerned attached agencies and sectoral offices of DOTr are directed to ensure that operators of public transportation shall allow access or issue tickets only to ‘fully vaccinated persons’ as evidenced by a physical or digital copies of an LGU (local government unit)-issued vaccine card, or any IATF-prescribed document, with a valid government-issued ID with picture and address,” the DOTr department order read.

Tugade said the measure is in line with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to restrict the movement of people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect them amid the uptick in cases in the capital region.

Duterte earlier ordered community leaders to monitor persons who are not vaccinated in their respective areas and make sure they remain at their homes. He also warned unvaccinated people they will be arrested if they refuse to comply with the order.

The Metro Manila Council, which is composed of all the mayors of the National Capital Region, has passed a resolution urging the various local government units of Metro Manila to pass their respective ordinances on the enhanced restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated persons.

Tugade said the department order on public transport takes effect immediately after publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation, and the submission of a copy with the Office of the National Administrative Register, U.P. Law Center.

According to the DO, a person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving their second dose in a 2-dose vaccination series, such as with the Pfizer or Moderna brand of vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Exempted from the “no vaccination, no ride” policy are the following:

  • Persons with medical conditions that prevent their full COVID-19 vaccination as shown by a duly-signed medical certificate with the name and contact details of their doctor.
  • Persons who will buy essential goods and services, such as but not limited to food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, energy, work, and medical and dental necessities, as shown by a duly issued barangay health pass or other proof to justify the travel.

Under the Order, violations of the policy are considered violations of applicable general safety and health provisions under any concession or service agreements, authority or permits to operate public transportation, and other similar instruments.

DOTr bars unvaccinated persons, minors, senior citizens from using public vehicles in NCR

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday announced it will be temporarily prohibiting unvaccinated individuals in the National Capital Region (NCR) from using public transport vehicles when traveling domestically via land, sea, and air.

In a statement, the DOTr said this is in recognition and support of the resolution issued by the Metro Manila Council, which was approved by the mayors in the municipality and cities in the region.

“The same prohibition is likewise applicable to individuals aged 17 and below, senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with comorbidities,” the transportation department said.

The measure will be enforced while Metro Manila is under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from January 3 to January 15, it added.

The DOTr, however, clarified that the prohibition does not cover the procurement of essential goods and services, and is subject to the production of proof to support and justify such travel.

“The DOTr and its attached agencies shall closely coordinate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on the enforcement of the said policy,” it said.

The NCR was reverted back to Alert Level 3 following a steep increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The Inter-Agency Task Force also placed under level 3 nearby areas of Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna from January 5 to January 15.

Public transport operation in the capital region is currently capped at 70%.

The DOTr earlier warned to impose sanctions against public transport operators that will fail to ensure the strict observance of maximum capacity and public health protocols as stated in IATF guidelines.

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