CALOOCAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) -- Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Monday said public buses, modern jeeps, and UV Express would be allowed to return to service Metro Manila commuters by June 22.
During the Malacanang briefing multicast by the Presidential Communications and attached state media, Roque said the move to delay their operations was indicated in the guidelines issued by the Department of Transportation as Metro Manila shifts into a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ), starting today.
The official said beginning June 1, the only public conveyance allowed to ferry commuters are the trains and buses primarily used as part of government's transport augmentation efforts.
"Meron ho tayong phase 1, mula Hunyo 1 hanggang 21 meron po tayong mga tren at bus augmentation," he said, emphasizing that provincial buses are not allowed to enter Metro Manila during GCQ.
Likewise permitted under the first phase are taxis, transport network vehicle services (TNVS), shuttle services, point-to-point or P2Ps, road bikes and tricycle but with proper local government clearance, the official added.
"Sa phase 2 po, simula June 22 hanggang a-30, meron na hong public utility buses, modern PUVs at UV Express," Roque said.
Transport officials, however, remind drivers, operators and passengers to follow minimum health standards and protocols to prevent COVID-19 spread.
They also issued guidelines on strict physical distancing while on board public vehicles and stations.
To recall, Resolution No. 41 by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and approved by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, places a GCQ, beginning June 1, over Metro Manila and other areas that used to be under a more stringent modified enhanced community quarantine to ease restrictions on the economy. (PIA NCR)