Metro Manila eases to GCQ on Monday

Metro Manila is set to implement a more relaxed community quarantine on Monday, after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to downgrade quarantine restrictions in the capital.

5/31/2020 2:47:00 PM

TOMORROW at 6am: We will talk to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade about the resumption of mass transportation as general community quarantine begins What would you like to know on the new transport guidelines under GCQ? Sound off your questions below 🗣️

Metro Manila is set to implement a more relaxed community quarantine on Monday, after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to downgrade quarantine restrictions in the capital.

on Thursdaycame after the 17 mayors of the Metro Manila Council earlier voted to ease down protocols from modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to the less strict general community quarantine (GCQ).Under GCQ, more establishments will be allowed to re-open while those currently operating will be allowed to increase their workforce provided they follow health safety standards, like the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and temperature checks.

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GCQ areas considered to be “high risk” due to the number of COVID-19 cases will be subject to “zoning” which will be implemented by the National Task Force on COVID-19.Quarantine passes are no longer required but travel must still be limited for essential needs. Workers need only to present their company ID or certificate of employment at checkpoints.

Public transportation will be allowed but at limited capacity to ensure social distancing. The government recommends businesses to provide shuttle services for their employees if they are to resume operations.On Friday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Senior Transport Consultant Alberto Suansing told CNN Philippines that the

resumption of mass transportation will have two phases. During the first phase, from June 1 to 21, rails and trains will resume partial operations with bus augmentation.Transport network vehicle services like GrabCar, taxis, and point-to-point buses will also be allowed under certain conditions, while tricycle operations will be subject to the approval of the local government unit. Backriding in motorcycles will remain prohibited.

P2P buses, shuttle services, and buses for MRT augmentation will only havefour pick-up and drop off pointsalong EDSA starting Monday, namely North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Ayala Avenue, and Taft Avenue.During the second phase, from June 22 onwards, modern jeepneys may be deployed while some traditional jeepneys will also be allowed to service areas that buses and modern jeepneys cannot reach.

The DOTr said during this period, public utility buses and UV Express vehicles will be permitted to operate but with limited passenger capacity.Traffic jams are again expected in Metro Manila on Monday, with many people returning to work after being restricted to their homes since the quarantine period. The number coding scheme remains lifted until June 5.

Some senators have shared their concern towards such move given that the country’s testing capacity is still not enough in the scenario that more cases will be recorded after the transition.“My fear is that the easing of the quarantine may expose thousands of Metro Manila workers and residents to a new wave of community transmission,” Senator Risa Hontiveros said in a statement.

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She added the importance of making sure that safety measures are in place to prevent such scenario like conducting more tests, providing personal protective equipment for frontliners, work-from-home arrangements for those who can, and sufficient transportation options.

Aside from the absence of mass testing, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan also noted lack of action towards alleged overpricing and corruption on procurement of testing supplies, while Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson criticized the lack of transparency towards daily reporting of COVID-19 cases.

On Friday, the Health department changed its way of presenting data by separating “fresh” cases, test results released within the last 3 days, from late cases, those released after more than 4 days.As for Senator Win Gatchalian, he said that realistically, target testing capacities will not be achieved as scheduled and it is up to the individual to protect oneself.

“Nasa atin na ang responsibilidad(The responsibility is on us),” he said. Read more: CNN Philippines »

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Please ask for guidelines on the resumption of provincial buses in and out of Metro Manila. When it is going to be available and what would be the requirements? How about domestic flights? There are employees stucked either in MM or in their provinces. instead of focusing AGAIN on transport systems reliant on fossil fuel, maybe the government can use this opportunity to subsidize bikes for the public, and creating bike lanes so people don't need to rely too much on cars, buses, and trains. Give me a bike, and I'll stop riding.

Sana masigurado yung limitations ng employees na papasok sa office para masigurado na hindi kawawa employees sa paghanap ng transpo. Catch Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade tomorrow on TheSource at 9am 💻 Facebook 📱 Live stream 📺 Free TV ch. 9, Cignal ch. 10, Sky Cable ch. 14 goodluck to all 🤦‍♀️

For bike lanes, will cities be mandated to provide lanes too? If EDSA will promote lane sharing, wouldn't it make sense to ensure cities follow suit? So the responsibility is given from government to people! While government's trust to DOH is up that high, even it failed to test vital areas, performed effective isolation and attentive cure until COVID is gone.

Are there new policies for the safety of bikers in bike lanes? What are the guidelines? Are MMDA trained for bike-related accidents? sya ba yung best in recitation daw 😂 Catch Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade tomorrow on CNNPHNewDay at 6am 💻 Facebook 📱 Live stream 📺 Free TV ch. 9, Cignal ch. 10, Sky Cable ch. 14

Please ask for guidelines on the resumption of provincial buses and when it is going to be. Also, if COE is enough at checkpoints when going in and out of Metro Manila.

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