MANILA - The local government of Marikina City on Tuesday started offering free rides for people who need to go out and buy food and medicine, as well as for medical professionals and health workers who need to report for work.
In a Facebook post, the city government's Public Information Office said there will be free rides from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. along different routes in the city.
The coasters will ply 5 routes, with additional routes to be added later.
Luzon, including the Southwestern Tagalog Region (MIMAROPA), was placed under an enhanced community quarantine starting Tuesday to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The new measure entails strict home confinement in all households, suspension of transportation lines, regulation of provision for food and essential health services, and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce isolation procedures.
The government is restricting travel for the duration of the quarantine period, with the exemption of health workers, and uniformed personnel on official business, especially those transporting medical supplies, laboratory specimens related to the COVID-19, and other humanitarian assistance.
Due to the suspension of public transportation, the government said it is looking at providing shuttle services for health workers and other frontliners during the month-long “enhanced community quarantine” period as some were forced to walk to work.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority also coordinated with bus companies to send out buses that carry the official logo of the MMDA "to put law enforcement agents on notice of their purpose of free public service in favor of those exempted from home quarantine."