San Fernando City offers free shuttle for essential workers on MECQ period

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, April 10 (PIA) - - The local government unit (LGU) of San Fernando City has offered free shuttle service for the daily commuter-essential workers during its Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) period from April 10 to 23.


This was announced in the media briefing of Acting City Mayor Alfredo Pablo R. Ortega on Friday. Discussed during the conference were the salient features of the guidelines as stipulated in his Executive Order No. 66 - 2021  while the city is under MECQ.

San Fernando City Acting City Mayor Alfredo R. Ortega with the department heads of the city government holds a media briefing on Friday at the city hall to discuss the prescribed guidelines for the MECQ period from April 10 to 23. The briefing was live stream via the FB page of the city government. (Photo by FGL) 


San Fernando City was placed under MECQ by La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III due to the reported increase of COVID-19 cases in the city. On April 8, 2021, alone, the city had recorded 113 new COVID -19 positive cases.


Under the guidelines of EO 66 – 2021, the operations of all public transportation within the city “except for tricycle for hire and point to point transport service vehicle” are suspended to limit the movements of the .


According to City Planning Officer Brix Caesar Cafuir, the city government provided the free shuttle service for the daily commuter - essential workers from the designated city’s central terminal to the borders and vice versa.


Aside from the health workers and frontliners, the government employees or workers of vital private companies are considered essential workers.


Cafuir said the qualified daily commuter - essential workers for the free shuttle services are either city’s residents, who are working outside the city, or those city’s non-residents, who are working in the public or private offices or establishments within the city.


Before boarding the free shuttle service vehicles, he said that the essential workers should present their identification card or certificate of employment.


“The vehicles provided for the free shuttle service are parked from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the city’s central terminal located in Barangay Tanqui, and in an area near the border-checkpoints along the national highway in San Fernando City - San Juan town, and in San Fernando City – Bauang town,” Cafuir explained.


To help the affected public transportation sector during the MECQ period, Cafuir said the city government tapped the public utility vehicles (PUVs) for the free shuttle service.


However, he said that not all the PUVs were chosen for the free shuttle service.


“These PUVs tapped for the free shuttle service were selected based on the criteria and standards set by the city government. The renumeration to be given by the city government to each free-shuttle service vehicle is in the process of negotiation,”  he said.


Meanwhile, Cafuir said that the city government is closely monitoring the city’s designated drop-off area of commuters, who ride in the point-to-point transport service located in Barangays Pagdaraoan and Sevilla.


He said the driver of the allowed bus for the point-to-point transport service is required to submit the signed health declaration form and manifest of the essential workers-passengers before its departure and upon its arrival at the designated drop-off points.


For his part, Acting City Mayor Ortega had called all residents and non-residents in the city to strictly observe the minimum public health standards to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.


“Let’s simply help one another through diligently practicing hand washing, wearing of face mask or face shield, proper cough etiquette and physical distancing for the protection of our families, and our community from COVID-19 virus infection,” said Ortega. (JCR/FGL, PIA 1)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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