Yes, not being able to drive out as you please during the enhanced quarantine period is a hassle. But having to head out without a personal vehicle during this crisis is a much, much bigger concern—and it’s something many frontline healthcare workers have to deal with on the daily right now.
To help frontliners cope with the public transportation ban, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Department of Health (DOH) have partnered with Google to make the routes of their free frontliner transport services available for viewing on Google Maps.
All you need to do is launch the Google Maps app, enter your destination, tap ‘Directions,’ and select the public transit tab. The app will then proceed to show you its recommended DOTr hospital shuttle route complete with estimated travel time. Simple and convenient.
“Technology makes our lives easier. So, as we help provide our health workers with daily free rides, I am certain that partnering with digital technology will also make navigating routes the least of their worries,” DOTr head Arthur Tugade said in a statement. “We want to make things easier for them, given the enormous tasks that they perform every day.”
Google Philippines country director Bernadette Nacario shared the same sentiment: “Google Philippines strives to use our technology to provide help and support during this challenging time. We hope that by making the routes of the DOTr’s free rides accessible on Google Maps, we are helping provide ease and convenience to the daily transport of our frontliners.”
The Google Maps app is free and readily available for download on iOS and Android. As of yesterday, the DOTr says it has transported close to 60,000 healthcare workers via its free shuttle. If you’re currently availing of this service, we recommend to you have the app handy on your smartphone.