LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 10 director Aminoden Guro reiterated on Thursday that public transport conveyances in the region shall remain plying in a limited capacity even as quarantine measures have been ordered lifted starting on May 16 in Northern Mindanao.
Guro said that public transport vehicles must continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines earlier imposed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
This order covers all jeepneys, buses, taxicabs, multicabs and public vans, he said.
“Even as there will be no more GCQ in Region 10, social distancing must still be enforced because this is essential to our health,” he said.
Guro also pointed out that they are now undergoing a dry run of the public transport modernization program particularly discouraging the overlapping of routes.
“For instance, naa na man tay modern PUV sa syudad, mas ma-prioritize sila kay sa mga old jeepneys routes ilabina diha sa highway from Opol to Bugo. Mas maayo g’yud nga dili mag-overlap ang mga ruta so sila ang dapat i-prioritize na 100 percent na ang biyahe after GCQ kining mga modern coaster,” Guro said.
Guro added that LTFRB 10 will strictly enforce on May 16 for all jeepneys operators to install partitions on their units as precautionary measure for social distancing system.
“This will be a great help to our enforcers para dili na mano-mano ang pagkuwenta sa mga pasahero. It must be the operators’ initiative,” he said.
On the other hand, Guro is also calling on all taxi drivers especially those queuing at ports of entries like Laguindingan airport, Macabalan pier and westbound public terminal to strictly get the names, addresses and contact numbers of their respective passengers.
As Northern Mindanao eases into new normal, there is an expected influx of passengers coming from other places.
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