For Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, companies that could not provide transportation services to ferry their workers should not resume operations amid the modified enhanced community quarantine.
"Sa modified ECQ, walang public transport at kung sa tingin noong mga establisyimiyento na allowed eh puwede sila mag-operate base sa skeleton force, so be it," Eleazar told reporters during his inspection of quarantine control points on Monday.
"Ngayon kung itong mga empleyado ay di nila kayang bigyan ng shuttle eh hindi sila dapat mag-operate," Eleazar added. "Para sa mga worker, kung hindi kayo mabibigyan ng transportation ng management ng iyong kumpanya, ibig sabihin eh di kayo ganoon ka-essential at di kayo dapat mag-operate."
Eleazar said the national government as well as local government units are also providing shuttle services to cater to the transportation needs of employees.
The national government did not allow mass transport vehicles to resume operations under the modified enhanced community quarantine, which is being implemented in the National Capital Region as well as Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga including Angeles City, Zambales, and Laguna.
The modified ECQ is enforced in those areas until May 31.
Earlier reports said workers had struggled to walk or ride bicycles, motorcycles or private vehicles just to go to their respective jobs.
Reports noted that some employees even walked from Antipolo, Rizal to Cubao, Quezon City. — RSJ, GMA News