Public transport still barred in modified lockdown areas: Roque


Posted at May 13 2020 02:06 PM | Updated as of May 13 2020 02:44 PM

Markers for social distancing cover the floors of the PNR Tutuban station in Manila and train set on May 5, 2020. Public transport remains suspended under modified lockdown. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - Public transportation remains suspended in areas under under modified lockdown, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Wednesday, as COVID-19 restrictions start to ease for the first time in 2 months.

Metro Manila, Cebu City and the province of Laguna will be placed on modified enhanced community quarantine or modified ECQ from May 16 to May 31. It will be a less stringent implementation of the ECQ which started March 17.

"Sa modified ECQ wala pa rin pong public transportation pero pwede po magdeploy ng mga shuttle buses and mga industriya na allowed magtrabaho at subject din po sa exemptions na ibibgay ng DILG," Roque said.

(In modified ECQ, public transportation won't be allowed but private shuttle buses will be deployed for permitted industries and subject to exemptions by the DILG)

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Public transportation barred under MECQ:

• Rail (PNR, LRT, MRT)
• Bus
• Jeepney
• Taxi
• Tricycle
• Public shuttle

Domestic flights remain suspended while a limited number of international flights and controlled in-bound flights are permitted, Roque said. Inter-island travel remains suspended, he said.

Transportation allowed under MECQ:

• Biking and non-motorized transport are encouraged
• Public shuttle for permitted sectors
• Personal vehicles for workers in permitted sectors (max 2 people)
• Bicycle (1 person max)
• Motorcycle (1 person max)
• E-scooter (1 person max)

Public transport is allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) but with reduced capacity, strict heath protocols and special permits, Roque said.