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Taguig releases transportation guidelines under MECQ

Taguig City released over the weekend its guidelines covering transportation in the city under the modified enhanced community quarantine effective on Saturday.

Motorcycles, bicycles and e-bikes may be used by individuals reporting to work or going out to buy essential supplies or goods.

However, only one occupant per motorcycle/bicycle/e-bike is allowed. No back riders will be allowed.

All drivers and riders of motorcycles, bicycles and e-bikes must wear helmets, protective gear and face masks.

They must also bring their unified quarantine pass, company ID and/or certificate of employment.

Meanwhile, shuttle serves transporting front liners and employees of private companies, establishments, businesses and industries allowed to operate during MECQ may travel on Taguig’s roads.

Companies should provide a list of employees availing of shuttle services. This list will be given to the drivers which shall serve as passenger manifest or logbook for contact tracing purposes.

Buses, jeeps, transport network vehicle service (TNVS), taxis and railways are still not allowed to operate.

Prohibited from availing of the shuttle service unless indispensable for work in industries allowed to operate are persons below 21 and are aged 60 years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities and other health risks, and pregnant women.

Meanwhile, the city reminded people to observe social distancing even inside shuttle services and allowed transport vehicles.

Transport vehicles used as shuttle services should also adhere to passenger load guidelines: not exceeding 50% for buses, mini buses and jeeps.

Passengers in sedans should not exceed three persons, with the driver sealed off from the passenger area with non-permeable transparent material.

The local government unit also reminded the public to wear face masks, and for drivers to use gloves in addition.

Vehicles should be disinfected before and after use.

Passengers should sanitize hands and undergo body temperature checks before entering vehicles.

Taguig City and the rest of Metro Manila as well as Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga including Angeles City, Zambales and Laguna were placed under MECQ starting May 16 which will last until May 31.

The quarantine has been imposed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. —KG, GMA News