Gov't offers free rides to stranded commuters


Posted at Jul 18 2018 11:40 AM | Updated as of Jul 04 2019 03:59 PM

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Government agencies are offering free rides to commuters stranded in major roads swamped by monsoon rains on Wednesday, an official said.

The public may request free rides through hotline 136, said Atty. Aileen Lizada, spokesperson of the Joint Quick Response Team.

Several trucks and buses, she said, have been pre-positioned to give free rides to and from 4 routes: Commonwealth Circle and Quiapo, Manila; Monumento in Caloocan and Pedro Gil Street in Manila; the US Embassy and Baclaran in Manila; and EDSA-Timog in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Manila.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has also lifted the number coding for city buses, said Lizada.

A low pressure area or brewing storm is enhancing the habagat or southwest monsoon, which will bring rains over parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, the state weather bureau said.

The bad weather has forced the cancellation of classes in some areas, as well as work in all Metro Manila Courts and the Senate.

DZMM, 18 July 2018