Transportation has been one of the biggest concerns throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. With modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) back in effect in Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces, all modes of public transport have once more ceased operations.
In response to this, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) has again rolled out its free shuttle services for frontline workers for this MECQ period, a service that it first made available back in March. Now, the OVP aims to improve its transport services even further with the launch of its new contactless boarding system.
Through this new system, frontliners can sign up to receive a QR code which can then be used to log their information whenever they board the OVP’s shuttle service. The code cannot be used for booking rides and reserving seats, but it eliminates the process of having to write down information on log sheets, thus reducing contact.
The QR codes will only be generated once, and passengers need not sign up for a new code each time around—they only need to present their codes to the facilitators prior to boarding the shuttles. To request for a QR code, frontliners can register here. For the official announcement, you can check out the Facebook post below:
As of this writing, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal are still under MECQ. Once MECQ has been lifted in these areas—supposedly on Tuesday, August 18—several forms of public transportation will once again be allowed to resume operations at limited capacities. However, commuters should take note that the rule mandating wearing face shields on all forms of public transport, which the Department of Transportation recently announced, will be implemented by then. Read more on that here.