Guv Singson sets guidelines for public transport from MGCQ to MECQ, ECQ areas

ILOCOS SUR, Apr. 13 (PIA) – Governor Ryan Luis Singson issued Executive Order (EO) No. 29 on Sunday, April 11 allowing utility vans (UVs) express service and public utility jeepneys (PUJs) to travel from local government units (LGUs) under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ)/ECQ areas and vice versa in this province to transport health workers, frontliners, and workers of establishments permitted to operate.
 
Governor Singson said, “There is a need to help Ilocos Surians, especially our health workers and other frontliners in travelling to work but without necessarily compromising the restrictions set forth for LGUs under the MECQ/ECQ.”
 
For this purpose, only those units with the necessary  franchise and special permits issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) shall be allowed to travel.
 
A number coding shall also be implemented in order to regulate the number of units  travelling within the province while there are LGUs placed under MGCQ and MECQ/ECQ at the same time.
 
Vehicles ending in numbers 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are allowed to operate on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Those ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 can operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday while there is no coding on Sunday.
 
In order to facilitate the loading and unloading of passengers coming from MGCQ to MECQ/ECQ areas and vice-versa, all UVs/PUJs shall limit drop off and pick up points within the national highway.
 
An LGU where a terminal is situated, however, may allow UV/PUJ to enter their jurisdiction provided that they shall not be allowed to drop off/pick up within the area other than the designated terminal of the LGU.
 
For this purpose, the LGU shall provide the necessary terminal protocols to be observed taking into consideration the protocols provided in this EO.
 
Operators, prior to dispatch from their garage must regularly examine the drivers’ fitness to work by checking their body temperature and screening/detecting any symptoms of COVID-19. Should a driver show symptoms of COVID-19, he shall be prohibited  to report to work and shall be subjected to quarantine immediately.
 
Aside from the routine pre-dispatch inspection and ensuring the roadworthiness of their units, all units shall be sprayed with disinfecting agent regularly.
 
Drivers shall wear face masks and face shields at all times.
 
All commuters are required to wear face masks and face shields in order to be allowed to board UVs/PUJs. “No Face Mask, No Face Shield, No Rider” policy shall be strictly enforced.
 
All units shall be disinfected. All high contact surfaces, especially seats, armrests, and handles must be wiped down with disinfecting agent at least twice during the trip, or after every trip, stop-over or change of vehicle personnel.
 
UVs/PUJs shall operate at a reduced capacity. They shall be allowed only to transport a maximum of eight passengers including the driver.
 
All drivers shall have a passenger list with the corresponding complete names, contact numbers, address, date and time of travel of each passenger.
 
Passengers must be one seat apart inside UVs/PUJs.
 
No talking and no eating inside UVs/PUJs. They are prohibited to make phone calls while inside the vehicle.
 
No symptomatic passengers shall be allowed to travel.
 
This order remains in force until the declaration of MECQ/ECQ in LGUs is lifted. (AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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