MANILA – UV Express units and Jeepneys will resume operations in Metro Manila next week under quarantine measures, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board announced on Wednesday.
During an online hearing by the House Committee on Metro Manila development, Caloocan 2nd District Rep. Edgar Erice interpellated LTFRB Chair Martin Delgra on whether when UV Express vans and jeepneys would be allowed to resume operations.
Delgra said that both modes of transportation would be available starting next week. This coming Monday, slots will be opened for UV express vans and then followed by the jeepneys.
The LTFRB chief said that these vehicles are vital to accommodate people’s transportation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Metro Manila and other urban centers are currently on a general community quarantine (GCQ) that allows limited operations of mass transportation.
Since the quarantine started, Jeepneys are excluded from the economic reopening plan as authorities suggested that the two-faced benches of the jeepneys could pose a potential risk for virus transmission.
President of the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations Efren de Luna said that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) should give a definite answer on when they will be allowed to resume operations as drivers and operators do whatever it takes to defend their livelihood.
On plans of implementing a phase-out, De Luna also urged the government to ‘come clean’ and tell the drivers and operators if they are still part of the government’s plan so they can make their own plans.
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