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Transport sector gears up for possible GCQ in Metro Manila

Philippine Information Agency
14 Aug 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday assured motorists and the commuting public that the transport sector is ready to resume operations if ever President Rodrigo Roa Duterte decides to reimplement a more lenient general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila after Aug. 18.

In a report by PTV News, Steve Pastor, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure, said there are ongoing moves to add more authorized bus units in the National Capital Region (NCR).

"There are currently 3,662 with special permits, while some are still undergoing evaluation," he said.

"The number of buses outside EDSA, together with passenger routes, and the implementation of barriers in EDSA for bus lanes will also be increased," he added.

"Come Aug. 19 po may makikita na tayo riyan na left side bus doors po natin ide-deploy po," Pastor furthered, as he explained that EDSA bus lanes will be moved to the left with dedicated bus stops.

Moreover, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) earlier said that 968 traditional jeepneys will be added once NCR is reverted to GCQ.

To recall, Duterte placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal under the modified ECQ or MECQ to stem the rise in COVID-19 cases. (PIA NCR)

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