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

(Philstar.com) - 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.

READ'Late night with Duterte': Announcement of new quarantine status comes as previous classifications expire

“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: December 9, 2020 - 3:44pm

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

December 9, 2020 - 3:44pm

The local government of San Juan Batangas orders the closure of Blue Coral Beach Resort in Laiya Aplaya following repeated violations of COVID-19 protocols.

This comes after a video of a large group partying without face masks, face shields and not observing physical distancing at the beach of the resort were sent to the Department of Tourism.

San Juan Mayor Ilderbrando Salud has issued a memo revoking the business permit of the beach resort. —  Report from Rosette Adel

December 7, 2020 - 10:29pm

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask local government units to make necessary arrangements on vacant hotels and motels to allow COVID-19 patients to stay in their premises.

Duterte says he will ask the Congress to find a way to compensate the hotels that will accommodate coronavirus patients.

"To the owners of hotels, inns, motels to accommodate the Filipinos who are in need of help. I will assume the full responsibility of paying you pagdating ng panahon," Duterte says in a recorded speech aired late Monday.

December 7, 2020 - 4:25pm

The Zamboanga City government strongly opposes proposals of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año in allowing children to go to malls and other public places with their parents.

The local official and health authorities also disapprove of the possibility of expanding the manner of classes to face-to-face classes engagement as part of the ‘new normal.’

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar expresses her disapproval, citing critical observations by local health officials here about the eminent contamination from the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome CoronaVirus (SARS-CoV) which causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“It is not still safe to allow children to go out except for medical reasons or emergency cases,” Salazar says in her virtual presser. —  The STAR/Roel Pareño

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.

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