LIST: Modes of transportation allowed, prohibited in areas under MECQ
In this file photo taken on June 1, 2020 passengers travel on a train, usually packed during rush hour, with plastic sheets spacing out seats to ensure social distancing, in Manila.
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LIST: Modes of transportation allowed, prohibited in areas under MECQ
( - August 3, 2020 - 9:22am

MANILA, Philippines — Public transportation will not be allowed anew when Metro Manila and nearby provinces shift to modified enhanced community quarantine for two weeks beginning August 4, Tuesday, the Department of Transportation said.

In a speech aired late Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan will return to a stricter MECQ from August 4 to 18—heeding the calls of an overburdened health sector for a “timeout” as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases surged.

From the time the announcement was made, the public was given a mere 24 hours to buy groceries and medicines, close their establishments anew and plan ahead.

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“For areas under the MECQ, public transportation is not allowed, and some transportation services will remain limited,” DOTr said.

Those who will be hardest hit by the lack of public transport include medical frontliners, workers in sectors that are allowed to operate and the public transportation industry itself. Some jeepney drivers who were recently allowed to operate will be prohibited on the roads once again.

The following modes of public transportation will not be allowed in areas under MECQ:

  • Buses
  • Jeepneys
  • Taxis
  • TNVS
  • Tricycles (but with exceptions, subject to the guidelines set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and respective local government units
  • Philippines National Railways, Light Rail Transit Line 1 and Line 2 and Metro Rail Transit Line 3

The only public transportation allowed will be public shuttles for frontliners and workers in industries allowed to operate under MECQ.

For private transport, the following will be permitted:

  • Company shuttle with passenger capacity of 50% and a special permit from LTFRB for rented shuttles
  • Personal vehicles owned by workers in permitted sectors with only two people per row
  • Individual use of bicycle, motorcycle or e-scooter by people allowed to go out

Report by Gaea Katreena Cabico; Infographic design by Enrico Alonzo

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: August 18, 2020 - 4:47pm

Metro Manila and other “highrisk” areas were placed under a modified enhanced community quarantine last May 16, which is more relaxed than ECQ, but has more restrictions compared with the general community quarantine (GCQ). Bookmark this page for updates. Photo by The STAR/Michael Varcas

August 18, 2020 - 4:47pm

Sen. Bong Revilla, who earlier tested positive for COVID-19, was rushed to the hospital, according to his wife Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado.

"He is being rushed to the hospital. His latest X-ray shows that he has developed pneumonia and isolation in a regular facility is no longer ideal," Mercado says in a Facebook post Tuesday.

August 18, 2020 - 4:23pm

The Department of Health reports 4,836 additional COVID-19 cases in the country, pushing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 169,213.

The DOH also logs 182 new recoveries, bringing the total of recovered patients to 112,861. The national death toll is now at 2,687 with the addition of 7 new reported deaths.

Total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) in the Philippines is now at 53,665.

August 17, 2020 - 4:27pm

The Department of Health reports 3,314 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, bringing the total cases on the country to 164,474.

The health department also announced 237 new recoveries, pushing the total of recovered patients to 112,759. The national death toll is now at 2,681 following 18 new reported deaths.

The total active COVID-19 cases (net of deaths and recoveries) in the Philippines is now at 49,034.

August 17, 2020 - 2:52pm

President Rodrigo Duterte is under "perpetual isolation" as a precaution against COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says.

According to Roque, there is a velvet rope keeping people six feet away from the president.

In August, Duterte had a meeting with DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano, who later on tested positive for the virus once again.

August 6, 2020 - 4:15pm

The Department of Health on Thursday reports 3,561 additional COVID-19 cases in the country based on tests from 89 out of 98 operational labs. This pushes the national tally of coronavirus cases in the Philippines to 119,460.

The health department also announcs 569 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 66,867. The national death toll is now at 2,150 with 28 additional fatalities.

The country's total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) is now at 50,473.

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