Today marks the first day of the ‘enhanced community quarantine’ implemented across Luzon. However, not everything went as smoothly as everyone would have hoped.
A lot of frontliners—mostly health workers who regularly commute to and from their posts—found themselves stranded in several parts of the metro as a result of the total ban on public transport. For its part, the Office of the President raised these concerns with other government agencies, including the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The MMDA coordinated with bus companies that responded by marking their buses with the agency’s logo and sending units out to offer free rides for the workers exempted from the quarantine.
“We commend these bus companies for their bayanihan spirit. The same commendation goes to AVIS Philippines for its offer to transport outbound passengers who intend to depart the country in going to the airport and inbound passengers to their respective homes before the expiration of the 72-hour grace period from the effectivity of the Enhanced Community Quarantine. It is now in coordination with the MMDA and the PNP to consider its offer of help,” the official statement reads.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines also pitched in, sending out army trucks to provide transport for those stuck in certain parts of the metro.
The Office of the Vice President, on the other hand, has also announced that it will be providing free shuttle services starting tomorrow, and here are the details:
Several local government units are also providing free shuttle services for their respective localities.
We certainly need good news like this to lighten up the mood in the midst of this pandemic. If you’ve been keeping yourself up to date on the situation yourself, you can check out more of our related stories here.