Public transport resumes in provinces amid relaxed quarantine restrictions
Public transportation in some provinces resumed operations on Monday as quarantine restrictions eased up, according to reports on GMA Networks’ Unang Hirit and Unang Balita.
Since Davao City has been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) starting Monday, passengers were expected to troop to Davao City Overland Transport Terminal as four provinces shifted from GCQ to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) with more relaxed restrictions.
According to a report of GMA News stringer John Paul Seniel, two bus companies that acquired special permits offer trips to Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Davao Oriental.
In Davao de Oro, only six trips have been allowed per day, which are from Davao City to Monkayo, Nabunturan, Pantukan, New Bataan, Maragusan, and Laak.
Three trips have been set per day in Davao Oriental, from Davao City to Governor Generoso, Mati City, and Boston.
In Davao del Norte, three trips also have been scheduled per day, from Davao City to Talaingod, and two trips to Tagum City.
Only one trip from Davao City to Digos City has been allowed in Davao del Sur.
The booking of trips will be on first come, first served basis as only 25 seats are allowed to be occupied inside the buses in compliance with health measures against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Passengers who will not be accommodated on Monday will receive a control number for the trip on the next day. The terminal is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Physical distancing and health screening will be implemented.
In Baguio City, the local government allowed more public utility vehicles as the city shifted from GCQ to MGCQ on Monday, according to a report of GMA News stringer Darius Bajo.
From 300, the number of operating jeeps is now 500 units.
Three hundred more jeepneys will be added in the next days as more transport operators are expected to obtain special permits.
Around 300 taxis were allowed to operate in the city.
For provincial buses, trips are only allowed within the Cordillera region. Traveling to other regions is still prohibited.
Meanwhile in Cebu City, jeepneys have been allowed to operate as the city shifted from modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to GCQ on Monday, according to a report of GMA News stringer Charlie Hera.
Also allowed were buses, modern jeepneys, V-hire.
However, public transport vehicles need to comply with guidelines set by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board which includes allowing only 50% seating capacity per unit.
Checkpoints were still in place at the boundary of Cebu and Mandaue City to ensure that only essential workers and employees in industries allowed to operate under GCQ are able to enter. —Joviland Rita/KG, GMA News