Transport dept says ready with contingency plan for first day of GCQ


Posted at Jun 01 2020 11:51 AM

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MANILA - The Department of Transportation said Monday it was "prepared" and has a contingency plan for the surge of commuters on the first day of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila.

Some 90 buses were deployed to augment railway lines in the metro except for the Philippine National Railways, according to Transport Undersecretary Giovanni Lopez.

"Based on our calculations right now, at least for the phase 1... what we have right now it should suffice to cater to the public," he told ANC.

"The LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) is reviewing, studying the routes we provided under phase 1. There will be some adjustments. We are ready, we are prepared and we have some contingency plan to answer the situation if need be."

The agency earlier said public transportation will resume in two phases under GCQ. 

The first phase from June 1 to 21 will allow the operation of permitted train and bus augmentation units, taxis, ride-hailing cars, point-to-point buses, shuttle services and bicycles, all at limited capacity.

The second phase from June 22 to 30 will allow public utility buses, modern jeepneys and UV express vans.

Vehicles that could operate with cashless payments will be allowed to ply the streets, Lopez said.

"This should be adopted by those who want to do public transportation that’s why we have some reservations to allow traditional jeepneys," he said.

The LTFRB is coordinating with the social welfare department for cash aid distribution to affected jeepney drivers while the agency has submitted a proposal to Congress for subsidy programs, he added.