NCCSPI Lauds DOTr For Its PUV Guidelines

NCCSPI Lauds DOTr For Its PUV Guidelines

Spotlight

Halloween @ Home: Recreate The Chills And Thrills With Globe At Home

End the Spooktober in a spooktacular way with Globe At Home!

Phoenix Introduces New FamilyMart Retail Format Through Cebu Stores

FamilyMart opens three new compact stores in Cebu, offering a unique customer experience in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Globe Introduces Mobile Health Solution With GoHealth

For just P20, you can now enjoy up to P,1000 health insurance from Pacific Cross!

SM Wins 15 Awards From HK’s CG Asia Magazine

SM Investments Corporation continues to be recognized abroad as it recently bagged 15 awards in the 10th Asian Excellence Awards 2020 of Hong Kong magazine Corporate Governance Asia.

Elvira Medina, Chairperson of the National Center for Commuter Safety and Protection, Inc. (NCCSPI) lauded the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the release of public transport guidelines in cities under general community quarantine (GCQ) last May 1.

Medina, who is also a former Director of well-known hospitals in Metro Manila, cited that the important features of the guidelines such as social distancing using seat markers, the availability of sanitizers, the mandatory use of face masks for commuters, drivers and conductors, and the sanitation of vehicles after every trip are important protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to arrest the exponential growth of its transmission.

“Commuters are the most important resource of the country, so we are working closely with the DOTr and the transport companies and cooperatives to ensure that we have safe and road-worthy vehicles for commuting,” said Medina.

NCCSPI also supports limited transport mobility, and proposes the priority resumption of operation of industries engaged in Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs) and those located at Export Processing Zones (EPZAs) especially involved in food production since they are the highest contributors to the economy.

The guidelines released by the DOTr places strong emphasis on upholding and reinforcing social distancing protocols and public safety measures. Public utility vehicles (PUVs) will be limited to 50 percent capacity, while drivers, operators and transport terminal workers must wear face masks at all times and employ protective measures such as the use of a plastic wall to separate them from passengers, installation of sanitization facilities in terminals, sanitization of PUVs after each trip, all the while observing a strict one-meter physical distancing rule among passengers.

Areas under GCQ since May 1 include Capiz, Aklan, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, Iloilo City and Aurora. By May 16, provinces and cities in region II (Cagayan Valley), III (Central Luzon), IV-A (Calabarzon), CAR, VII (Eastern Visayas), IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), XI (Davao Region), and XIII (Caraga) will also be under GCQ. Medina said that the two months of lockdown is an eye-opener that the current public transport system is unfit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The public deserves transport services that can respond to the commuters’ evolving needs. This pandemic has shown how the current public transport system needs overhauling. Like every other affected sector, our public transport sector must also transition towards a new normal that is modernized and safer for our commuting public,” concludes Medina.

Prior to release of the guidelines, commuters have expressed concern towards their safety given the current situation with COVID-19. According to commuters, old jeepneys and buses that fail to meet the standards of road-worthiness and the protocols for social-distancing further place them at risk.

“The move to impose a hierarchy of vehicles under GCQ is part of the government’s efforts to ensure that we lessen the risks of spreading the virus,” said DOTr Assistant Secretary for the Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Richmund de Leon. “This is why modernized buses and jeepneys are given the most priority due to their capabilities to provide an automized fare collection system and higher vehicle capacity.”

Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Laguna province, and Cebu City will still remain under a modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until May 31. Public transportation under ECQ is prohibited.

Other regions considered to be at low risk will no longer be under GCQ or ECQ but will require minimum public health safety standards.

To further ensure the readiness of public transport in cities and provinces under GCQ by May 16, the DOTr also conducted a dry run of public transport vehicles last May 12.

Photo Source: BenarNews/Luis Liwanag

How To Trick-Or-Treat Safely This Halloween 2020

Still planning for a Halloween celebration this year? You might want to consider these pointers!

Video Content Experience Is Better Using The Globe Network

Enjoy a better viewing experience even on mobile with Globe!

More Than 124k Drivers, Operators Join Transport Cooperatives

A total 124,443 drivers and franchise owners and operators have joined accredited transport cooperatives ready for franchise consolidation.

Naming Of 9th Filipino Cardinal Brings Hope, Joy To PH

What can you say about this decision?

Psychologist Links COVID-19 ‘Fake News’ To Anxiety, Depression

People exposed to "fake news" online during the COVID-19 pandemic are found to have experienced anxiety and depression, a result of a phenomenon called "information traps”, a researcher based in Iligan City said.

DOLE To Roll Out ‘Free Bikes Project’ For Informal Workers

Hitting two birds with one stone! The "Free Bicycles Project" will also tap the displaced workers to provide food and non-food delivery services.

Ombudsman May Suspend Local Officials Over Delayed Aid

President Rodrigo Duterte warns local government officials anew that the Office of the Ombudsman could order their suspension over delays in the distribution of cash aid for low-income families.

Gatchalian Flags DOF: Look For Addt’l Funds For Murang Kuryente Act, Spare Taxpayers

Senator Win Gatchalian has put to task the Department of Finance in providing for sufficient budget and in sparing the taxpayers from being choked by new borrowings to fund next year's obligations of the Murang Kuryente Act.

GenSan Dads Urge Lifting Of ‘Sunday Lockdown’

Members of the City Council in General Santos City have called for the immediate lifting of the total lockdown every Sunday to facilitate the resumption of religious gatherings and other essential activities.

Mayor Joy Regularizes Over 250 Employees

Residents and employees of Quezon City express gladness over the recent regularization of some 254 city hall employees in accordance with the order of Mayor Joy Belmonte.