Buses first to operate in general quarantine areas: transport dept

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Posted at May 01 2020 12:05 PM | Updated as of May 01 2020 12:25 PM

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MANILA - Buses will be allowed to resume operations first in areas placed under general community quarantine from Friday, a transport official said. 

Buses have bigger capacity and have enough space to enforce social distancing. If buses are unavailable, modern jeepneys will be allowed, Department of Transportation Asec. Richmond De Leon told DZMM. 

"Ang mangyayari po lahat ng public utility vehicles natin ay kailangang makipag-ugnayan sa mga LTFRB regional offices po nila kasi po hindi lahat ng units iallow," De Leon said.

(What will happen is that all PUV will have to coordinate with regional LTFRB office since not all units will be allowed)

The country's coronavirus task force on Thursday released guidelines on public transport in GCQ areas which includes mandatory wearing of face masks, 50 percent capacity for public utility vehicles and suspension of motorcycle taxis.

The Department of Transportation submitted for Congress' approval, a stimulus package to aid operators affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Fuel subsidies, loan amortization and low interest credits were among suggestions to help operators recover, De Leon said. 

A looser general community quarantine will replace the lockdown in low risk areas in the Philippines starting May 1. Metro Manila and other high-risk areas will still be under lockdown or enhanced community quarantine until May 15.