PUVs in NCR Plus to operate at 50% during ECQ – DOTr
Robie de Guzman • March 29, 2021 • 697
MANILA, Philippines – Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) will still be allowed to operate at a reduced capacity during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, called NCR Plus, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
The DOTr said that PUVs include public utility buses, UV Express Service, public utility jeepneys, shuttle service, tricycles, taxis, and transport network vehicle service (TNVS).
Under the guidelines for the road transport sector issued on Sunday, PUVs are allowed to operate at 50% capacity, excluding the driver and the conductor.
Passengers shall observe the one-seat apart rule, and that no standing passengers will be allowed, the DOTr said.
Provincial buses will be allowed to enter borders with only essential workers as passengers, provided that they will operate at point-to-point trips, it added.
For UV Express service, only a maximum of two passengers per row will be allowed and the vehicle should not exceed 50% of its capacity. Only one passenger will likewise be allowed on the driver’s row.
Taxis and TNVS are also required to only allow two passengers per row and 1 passenger on the driver’s row.
Shuttle service vehicles are also allowed but strict physical distancing or the one-seat apart rule, will be observed, as well as sanitary practices mandated by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment.
For tricycles, only one passenger will be allowed to ride in the side-car and no passenger shall be seated right beside/behind the driver, the DOTr said.
The operations of tricycles shall be approved by the Department of Interior and Local Government and respective LGUs, in compliance with the existing policies on its operational limitations, it added.
The department also said motorcycle taxis will be allowed to operate, but only for those considered as authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).
Illegal motorcycle taxi services or “habal-habal” will be apprehended, the DOTr warned.
Free rides for medical frontliners will also be sustained during the ECQ in consideration of the decrease in the capacity of PUVs due to physical distancing measures, the department said.
“Non-Motorized Transport and Personal Mobility Device are encouraged, such as bicycles, provided that the rider will strictly abide by the physical distancing measures imposed by the Department of Health,” it added.
The DOTr said personnel from the Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces from the Philippines, and other concerned agencies will be deployed to conduct daily random inspections of PUV operations, offices, terminals, and depots to ensure strict compliance with the service, sanitary, and operational requirements.
The ECQ covering the NCR Plus is effective from March 29 to April 4.
MANILA, Philippines – Handa ang Philippine National Police (PNP) na muling ipatupad ang border checkpoints sakaling itaas ang alert level sa Metro Manila kasunod ng banta ng Omicrcon COVID-19 variant.
Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos, ilalagay ang checkpoins papasok at palabas ng Metro Manila upang malimitahan ang galaw ng publiko at mapigilan ang posibleng pagkalat ng bagong variant.
“As long as it will be of help maprevent natin ang variant natin ito, Kasama po kami ng buong gobyerno para pangalagaan po ang ating mamamayan para hindi na kumalat itong ating hindi nakikitang kalaban na COVID-19 virus,” ani Carlos.
Handa rin aniya ang PNP na muling ipatupad ang paggamit ng face shield kung ipag-uutos ito ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).
“We will always abide with the IATF kung yan ay makatutulong para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 virus, we will leave it up to the experts. Kaya nga po palagi kaming nagbabantay sa lumalabas na resolusyon ng IATF at nandyan naman po yan e, ang aming mga face shield ay inilagay lang muna namin sa tabi pero andyan pa din po anytime,” ani Carlos.
Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa Alert Level 2 ang Metro Manila sa gitna na rin ng patuloy na pagbaba ng COVID-19 infections.
Tiniyak rin ng PNP na paiigtingin ng Aviation Security Group sa pagbabantay sa mga paliparan sa bansa sakaling muling ipagbawal ang pagbiyahe ng mga eroplano sa iba’t ibang lugar.
Pina-alalahanan rin ni Carlos ang mga pulis na mag-doble ingat upang huwag mahawa ng viral respiratory disease. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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