Pasig City taps bikes for transportation of health workers

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Posted at Mar 19 2020 11:25 AM | Updated as of Mar 19 2020 11:26 AM

Pasig City Bike Share is repurposing its units as transportation for health workers and other frontline personnel. Pasig City Transport Facebook page

MANILA - Pasig City is accepting donations of old or new bikes to be used as transportation for health workers, its transportation department said Tuesday.

The city released its first batch of bikes to frontline personnel on Wednesday, the office said.

"Thanks to everyone who has responded to our call and to those that have sent us requests for bikes. We will reply to all of you as soon as we can," it said.

Donations can be made by messaging the city department's official Facebook page or sending an email to [email protected]

 

The city made the initiative after some health workers were forced to walk to hospitals following the suspension of all public mass transport for Luzon's lockdown, which began Tuesday and is set to last until April 12.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto earlier rejected a ban on tricycles and urged national government to exempt these from the ongoing ban on public transportation vehicles under the lockdown. There are also areas in Pasig City not accessible to huge vehicles.

The local government has also set up sanitation tents in its City Hall and 2 public hospitals and will purchase 400,000 food packs for its residents, Sotto said.

All city government employees, regular or contractual, will also get their full salaries during the lockdown, he added.