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Social distancing projects in Baguio City are unique, colorful


Baguio City, one of UNESCO's creative cities, has turned implemented a unique project to ensure that residents observe social distancing or physical distancing as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Bhea Docyogen reported on the Tuesday edition of Stand for Truth that personnel from the Baguio City Police Office painted colorful "distancing discs" on the sidewalks of public markets.

The project was well received by the residents, according to Baguio City Police Office Director Colonel Allen Rae Co.

"Ang nakita natin dito is people had fun observing and following 'yung ating social distancing and some people are even taking selfies with 'yung disc natin," he said.

"So this is in line with Baguio being the creative city and a tourist city," he added.

The public transport sector has conducted a project to ensure passengers would also observe physical distancing.

Ariel Amino, a jeepney operator, installed dividers made of clear plastic in his vehicle.

"Sa ngayon necessity talaga. Kasi unang-una, hindi mo kilala 'yung pasahero mo, hindi mo naman nakikita 'yung virus, hindi mo slam kung sino'ng carrier nito," Amino said.

He added that the dividers will also ensure the protection of jeepney drivers.

"Siguro kahit hindi man siya 'yung absolute na solution ano, pero siguro at least meron ka magagawa to inform the people na maging aware sila sa distancing kahit ganyan na kahit jeep na," he said.

"Kasi mahirap din 'yung distancing. Hindi tayo nasanay, so at least saan man sila mapunta, sumakay man sila ng jeep, meron paalala na mag-distansya," he added.

Amino also provides alcohol for his passengers. A bottle is tied at the entrance of the vehicle.

Due to its good effect, other jeepney owners have followed his example. -- Joahna Lei Casilao/BAP, GMA News

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