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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

DOTr Maintains Public Transport Capacity During August 6-20 ECQ


Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that the current public transport supply and capacity will be retained in the National Capital Region (NCR) during the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to August 20, 2021.

The latest Omnibus Guidelines approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) have allowed the continued operation of public transportation, at such capacity and supply as recommended by the DOTr.

However, only Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) as identified by the IATF-EID will be accommodated by public transport services. APORs must show identification cards or other documents to prove that they are authorized to travel.

During the ECQ, public transportation, and all other modes of transportation, privately-owned, with special permit, and/or dedicated service under government initiative, etc., shall strictly observe the prescribed physical distancing and sanitary measures at all times.

During the enforcement of the ECQ in the NCR, public utility vehicles, such as buses and jeepneys are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity on a “one-seat-apart” setup. Standing passengers will not be allowed, and only one passenger will be allowed at the driver’s row.

Motorcycle taxi services and Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) operations are allowed during the ECQ period.

The use of active transport, such as bicycles and electric scooters, is being encouraged.

For tricycles, passenger load shall not exceed one (1) passenger in the side-car. Further, the operations of tricycles shall be approved by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Local Government Units (LGUs) in compliance with the existing policies on its operational limitations.

All trains of the Philippine National Railways, LRT-1, LRT-2, and the MRT-3 will be deployed during the ECQ period. Secretary Tugade said all trains will have transport marshals to enforce health protocols and to identify APORs. Trains will also be disinfected after every loop.

Transport marshals inside the trains will also strictly enforce health and safety protocols which include the wearing of face shields and masks at all times; compliance to the “no talking and eating’ policy; ensuring adequate airflow and ventilation; and enforcement of social distancing, as well as proper disinfection and sanitation.

Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board trains. Temperature checks will be done at station entrances .

Meanwhile, domestic flights and sea travel in the NCR will also continue during the ECQ, subject to community quarantine restrictions of the destinations.

The DOTr advises passengers to avoid inconvenience by first inquiring with their airlines or shipping lines/Ro-Ro about the status of flights/sea travels, and if they are allowed to board such flights before going to the airport or seaport.

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