DOTr eyes alternative transport modes after ECQ

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) suggested the use of alternative forms of transportation once the government lifted the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

DOTr Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon said the use of modernized jeepneys and bikes can lessen human contact and the risk of acquiring the COVID-19 virus among passengers.

Tuazon added that reduced contact with other people can reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

He said the department is still working on the designated bike lanes on major roads to ensure the safety of users.

“The Department of Transportation already has initiatives for green ways which we will be pursuing. There will be lanes in areas where there is enough space for designated bike lanes,” said Tuazon.

“Initially, we will be using the modernized jeeps,” he added.

“If the quantity is not enough to service the population of the riding public, then we will go back to using the older jeeps,” Tuazon explained, pointing out that older jeepneys in good condition would still be allowed to serve the commuters.

Meanwhile, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said that partial PUV operation under the general community quarantine (GCQ) excludes the use of jeepneys.

“Jeepneys are still not allowed because if you look at its configuration, passengers are facing each other,” Año said in a Palace briefing.

The ECQ runs until May 15 in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and CALABARZON. The provinces of Pangasinan, Benguet, Iloilo, and Cebu are also covered by the extension.


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