Roque: Health, safety protocols, vital as the 2nd phase of public transport begins on Monday
CALOOCAN CITY, June 20 (PIA) — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Saturday again emphasized the need for “social distancing” and the implementation of minimum health standards as the second phase of public transport resumption begins on Monday, June 22.
During the Laging Handa public briefing powered by the Presidential Communications and affiliate state media, Roque said maintaining social or physical distancing and limiting the number of passengers per vehicle are absolute essentials to curb COVID-19 transmissions amid the pandemic.
“Siguro matatapos na ‘yung hinagpis natin sa kakulangan ng public transportation beginning June 22 po kasi no less than 3,600 buses na po ang lalabas,” he said.
“Meron pang mga 1,500 na iba pang mga sasakyan, pero kinakailangan po talaga mag-social distancing at siguraduhin na 50% capacity lang ang mga bus,” the official added.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is set to roll out the second phase of public transport, which would allow public utility buses (PUBs), modern public utility vehicles (PUVs), and UV Express with limited passenger capacity from June 22-30, 2020.
Under phase 2, the DOTR said a total of 31 rationalized bus routes would be operational to service Metro Manila commuters as the region approaches either the extension of its general community quarantine (GCQ), or being placed under a more relaxed modified GCQ, after June 30.
“Sa darating na linggo, magkakaroon na po ng preliminary review of data, at malalaman po natin kung mananatili ang GCQ o kung mag-further relaxed to MGCQ sa Metro Manila,” Roque said.
“Lahat po ‘yan ay nakabase sa datos ng siyensya. Tayo pong taumbayan ang magdedesisyon kung ano ang mangyayari sa ating lugar,” he added on next plan for Metro Manila. (PIA NCR)