On May 28, President Rodrigo Duterte announced during his televised address the confirmation of the transition of Metro Manila and other medium-risk cities and provinces to general community quarantine, effective June 1.
Kasabay nun, ipinalabas din ang mga kaukulang guidelines for mass public transport and all the vehicles approved by the recommendation of the IATF. Transporation is vital for the improvement of activities in cities and provinces under this government policy as we are still grapling the COVID-19 health crisia in the Philippines.
A ‘modified’ number coding scheme will take effect starting June 1 to assist other passengers who will not be able to get a ride to and from their work places. A car owner of a vehicle can bring additional passengers to be exempted fron the number coding. Yung dating kinekwestyon na carpooling will be allowed to aid the passengers who are going to work.
Likewise, taxi cabs and ride-sharing vehicle Grab will be allowed to operate according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr). These vehicles must provide an AFC system to their passengers ti avoid payment exchange through hand contacts.
Buses and e-jeepneys will be allowed to operate at the maximum of its 50% capacity.
In light of the upcoming transition, the Metro Manila police force has also prepared for the possible resumption of train operations on June 1.
500 police trainees participated in a commuting drill at the different stations of LRT-2 by showing how to observe physical distancing inside the station and train coaches.
Embattled NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas leads the simulation exercises who told the media that the police force will be “reasonably strict” in implementing physical distancing during the possible resumption of LRT operations on Monday.
“Tingnan natin kung mako-control natin ‘yung flow basta sumunod lang [‘yung mga pasahero] na may linya. Kapag hindi sumunod ay huhuliin na natin sila. Ganoon po ang planong gawin namin.”
The LRT Authority will only allow 160 passengers to take every train set, a tenth of its usual number of riders during rush hour.
They also placed markings throughout the station to ensure physical distance among passengers while falling in line.
Officials are seeking for understanding from the public as they are coming up with measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
Only 153 people per trip will be allowed to board the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT), an official said Wednesday.
UPDATE on train schedules:
Additional information gathered from Rex Remitio (broadcast journalist and producer) Facebook account, and https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/05/27/only-153-passengers-per-trip-in-mrt-3-under-gcq/