Monday, August 3, 2020

As NCR Goes Back to MECQ, Here's a Reminder of What It Looks Like for the Transport Sector


Answering the plea of those in the medical community, the Philippine government has opted to bring back the National Capital Region (NCR), Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan back to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine or MECQ starting on Tuesday, August 4 to Tuesday, August 18, 2020. With that, it’s best to be reminded with regards to the transportation sector:

For areas placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), take note of the following:
  • Limited movement within the containment zone for obtaining essential services and work
  • Operation of selected industries and manufacturing up to 50 percent workforce (auto dealers and service centers will be allowed to re-open under the modified ECQ).
  • Limited transportation services for essential goods and services.
  • Suspension of physical classes.
  • Public transportation is not allowed, and some transportation services will remain limited.
If your residence is under MECQ, here are the public and private transports that are allowed and not allowed to operate:
  • For public transport, public shuttles will be allowed for front line workers or those who will return to work in allowed industries under the MECQ (this includes auto dealers, particularly for service), while bus, jeepney, taxi, TNVS, are not allowed. Tricycles are also not allowed, but with exceptions, subject to the guidelines set by the DILG and respective LGUs.
  • Under the rail sector, operations of the PNR, LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 will remain suspended.
  • For private transport, company shuttle is allowed to operate with passenger capacity of 50 percent, and a special permit from LTFRB for rented shuttles.
  • Personal vehicles owned by persons/workers in permitted sectors are also allowed, with two (2) persons per row.
  • Use of bicycle, motorcycle, or e-scooter by APORs (Authorized Person Outside of Residence) is also allowed, with a maximum passenger capacity of one (1). Moreover, e-scooters are allowed, subject to existing traffic regulations.
Take note that violation of these mandates carry a hefty fine.

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