Luzon lockdown: Gov't deploys buses to ferry health workers for free

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2020 08:45 AM

A Quezon City government bus drops off passengers, composed of health workers, senior citizens, and government workers, along Eliptical Road on March 17, 2020 amid suspension of mass transportation under the enhanced community quarantine. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Health workers can avail of free bus rides starting Wednesday as the Luzon-wide COVID-19 lockdown shuttered public transport, the Department of Transportation said.

Ten buses were deployed at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and BFCT East Metro Transport Terminal in Marikina City at 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to the DOTr.

The buses will ply the following routes, subject to change depending on the data and requests from the Department of Health, the DOTr said.

Route 1: PITX - Quezon City General Hospital via Makati/Pasig

  • PITX
  • Makati Medical Center
  • St. Lukes Medical Center - BGC
  • Rizal Medical Center
  • The Medical City - Ortigas
  • East Avenue Medical Center
  • Philippine Heart Center
  • Lung Center of the Philippines
  • Quezon City General Hospital

Route 2: PITX - San Lazaro / Chinese General Hospital via Manila/Taft

  • PITX
  • Pasay City General Hospital
  • Adventist Medical Center Manila
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • Manila Doctors Hospital
  • University of Sto. Tomas Hospital
  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center

Route 3: BFCT - San Lazaro Hospital via East Ave/E. Rodriguez

  • BFCT
  • Quirino Memorial Medical Center
  • East Avenue Medical Center
  • Philippine Heart Center
  • Lung Center of the Philippines
  • Providence Hospital
  • Capitol Medical Center
  • St. Lukes Medical Center - East Ave.
  • University of Sto. Tomas Hospital
  • San Lazaro Hospital

The bus service will comply with containment protocols such as social distancing, body temperature checks, and regular disinfecting of vehicles, the DOTr said.

Grab Philippines also committed to help government transport health workers to hospitals free of charge but details have yet to be announced, it said.

The Office of the Vice President has also launched free shuttle service to health workers.