MANILA - Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Jojo Garcia on Monday said the conditions on the road will get better in the coming days as commuters get used to the new transport system in the metropolis.
Speaking to DZMM, Garcia said they expected the influx of commuters on the first day of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila. He also said there may have been some people who were too eager to go out of their houses that they forgot that the region is still under community quarantine and certain restrictions are still in place.
"Sa simula, talagang sabi ko nga birth pains 'yan, unti-unti natin 'yan kasi nga medyo nakakalimot din tayo na tayo ay nasa GCQ at community quarantine pa rin, may mga restrictions pa rin yan. Eh minsan po nawawala po sa focus ang ating mga kababayan," he said.
(At first, I said these are birth pains, we go slowly because we might have forgotten that we are still under GCQ and still under community quarantine, so we still have restrictions. Sometimes our countrymen seem to have lost focus.)
Garcia added that the government's priority is still the safety and health of the people.
"Ang ating po talaga priority dito ay 'yung safety at health, second priority na lang 'yung how to transport people," he said.
(Our priority here is really the health and safety of the people, how to transport people is just the second priority.)
Garcia, likewise, expects the situation to get better in the coming days.
"Pero ang tingin naman namin, dadaan lang 'yan. Parang noong nag-MECQ tayo, unang araw, nagpasukan sa mall, nagkabiglaan, dumami ang tao," he said.
(But we believe this will pass. Just like when we were under MECQ, during the first day, they went to the mall, they were surprised, there were a lot of people.)
Under relaxed rules, train and bus augmentation units, taxis, ride-hailing cars, point-to-point buses, shuttle services and bicycles will be allowed to operate in a limited capacity.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will also allow tricycles to operate subject to the approval of local government units, while provincial buses are still barred from entering Metro Manila.
For the second phase in the public transport shift, which will run from June 22 to June 30, public utility buses, modern jeepneys and UV express vans will be allowed to operate, on the condition that people wear masks and observe social distancing.