While the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) has allowed businesses in Metro Manila to reopen (albeit at limited capacities), there are still some services that remain unavailable such as public transport.
At the moment, PUVs have only resumed operating in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas—read more on that here in case you missed it. This means that agencies such as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have a bit more time to make the necessary preparations before buses, jeeps, and taxis can hit the road in the capital once again.
Agency secretary Martin Delgra outlined in an interview earlier today during the Laging Handa briefing the LTFRB’s plans for public transportation under the new normal. These plans include contact tracing within public transport systems, which the agency aims to carry out by mandating PUV drivers and operators to acquire the contact details and log the movements of their passengers.
“Kailangan po meron silang manifesto ng kanilang mga pasahero, kasama ’yung mga pangalan [at] contact number on the part of the bus operator,” said Delgra. “On the part of the passenger, we are requesting them and appealing to them na kung pwede, maisulat na rin ’yung mga sinasakyan ninyong mga pampublikong sasakyan.”
The secretary said that this way, in case someone tests positive, their movements—as well as of those they came in contact with—can be easily traced. Delgra also mentioned that this policy will apply not just to buses, but to all public transport systems.
“Yung manifesto po or logbook na kailangan isusulat lahat ng pasahero nila, hindi lang po sa bus ’yan kung hindi sa lahat ng public transport system — jeep, taxi, lahat na po,” Delgra added.
Likewise, the agency is also encouraging commuters to make use of advanced booking features provided by TNVS and taxis that allows drivers to easily acquire the necessary details of their passengers.
The specifics of this scheme have yet to be discussed by the LTFRB as of this writing. The metro will still be under MECQ for a few more weeks, though, so expect more updates to come in soon. For now, tell us what you think of the LTFRB’s new policy in the comments.