Despite easing into a general community quarantine (GCQ), residents of Metro Manila who are now required to report to work are struggling to find means of transportation as public utility vehicles like jeepneys and UV Express vans remain unable to operate.
In an effort to aid commuters, the Philippine National Police says it has added more vehicles to its “Libreng Sakay” Program, an effort that aims to provide free transportation to workers during quarantine. Vehicles used for the program pass through four routes and stop at different pick-up and drop-off points across the metro every day from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In an announcement posted on PNP’s Facebook page, PNP Chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa says, “This is part of our commitment to serve the people, not only through our police patrol and checkpoint operations but also providing transportation to our kababayans who will go back to work during the GCQ since mass transit in NCR is still suspended.”
According to the post, the program uses 12 buses and troop carrier trucks for transportation and has been operational since March 2020, providing rides for frontline workers.
For the routes and pick-up points, see post below:
Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is working on gradually reinstating public transportation in Metro Manila. DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran explains three new bus routes were launched on June 5, 2020, while three more routes will be launched on June 8, 2020. As per Inquirer, traditional jeepneys, however, will not be returning any time soon as Malacañang claims it is not ideal for physical distancing.