Tugade admits 'failure of implementation' when commuters forced to ride crowded trucks

The Philippine National Police advises the public to 'plan their trips' in the meantime to avoid delays in going to work due to the limited public transportation under GCQ.

6/2/2020 6:57:00 PM

The Philippine National Police advises the public to 'plan their trips' in the meantime to avoid delays in going to work due to the limited public transportation under GCQ.

The Philippine National Police advises the public to 'plan their trips' in the meantime to avoid delays in going to work due to the limited public transportation under GCQ.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 2)— Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Tuesday addressed criticisms on the lack of public transportation in Metro Manila which has left commuters struggling to get to work.Social media posts on Monday showed desperate workers forced to travel crammed in police and military trucks.

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"Kung mga may nangyayaring ganyan, hindi ho yan resulta ng pagpayag but resulta ho ng tinatawag natin na failure of implementation at kailangan lang i-correct," Tugade said in an online briefing, stressing that social distancing should be observed in all modes of transportation.

[Translation: If cases like that happen, it was not because it was allowed. It was a result of what we call failure of implementation and we need to correct it.]More people have returned to work in Metro Manila starting on Monday since the capital region was placed under a more relaxed general community quarantine.

From June 1 to 21, rails and trains will resume partial operations in Metro Manila with bus augmentation. Shuttles of private companies and point-to-point buses are also allowed on the road, but other buses and jeepneys are still prohibited.Tugade said traditional jeepneys and buses may be allowed to operate if there's a guarantee that social distancing and other health protocols will be followed.

Several officials, including Senator Nancy Binay, criticized transportation authorities for not having a clear plan for returning employees who are only relying on public transportation to get to their workplaces. She evento get a feel of the effects of their guidelines.

Tugade said the inconvenience experienced by commuters was only temporary."Hindi ho totoong walang plano... Sa aming paglunsad at pagaganap ng mga planong ito, natural mente na merong mga taong nai-inconvenience. Sinasakripisyo ba natin ang mga manggagawa? Hindi ho

," Tugade said.[Translation: It's not true that there's no plan. In our implementation of these plans, it's natural that some people will be inconvenienced. Are we sacrificing the workers? No.]Philippine National Police spokesperson Bernard Banac also noted reports of the situation, and said that while they have deployed police trucks to assist stranded workers, they can only accommodate around 10 passengers per vehicle due to the physical distancing rule.

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Banac advised the public to make schedule adjustments in the meantime to avoid delays, while the government addresses the issue.“Alam po natin na kulang po tayo sa public transport ngayon. Makakabuti pong planuhing maigi (ang ating pagbyahe) para hindi tayo maantala sa trabaho,” he said in an interview on CNN Philippines.

[Translation: We know that we currently lack public transport. It would be better to carefully plan our trips, so that we won’t experience delays in going to work.]He also said that the peace and order situation in the capital region is under control, adding they have “not noticed any major shift in the crime trend.”

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Mr. Tugade palibhasa naka car kayo. Try nyo kaya mag commute then tsaka kayo mag comment.. Jesus Maria Santisima. Talagang cla pa pagpllanuhin ano? Mag coordinate kayo at mag plano? Uso pa ba yun or kyeme kyeme lang? super bibbo mo magreport sa weekly briefing ni Dutz... lagi ka nagsasabi we're ready Plan their trips? Eh di ba dapat kayo ang plano ng sistema? 2-3 months na lockdown ano did you guys came out with a master plan?

kami na po magaadjust. “Plan their trips”? At the end of the day mamamayan nanaman ang bahala 🤦‍♂️ Almost three months ang ECQ, hindi man lang ng run through ng “plan” for public transpo? Or even if nagpractice, parng sablay pa din. No bus stop sa Cubao nung first day 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ Magcare naman po sana kau sa masses.

When they say “Plan their trips” the commuters should have PLAN A, B, C, D, E. ‘Coz, sad truth, not everything works as planned. so ngaun lumabas din ang tutuo na wala talaga kayong magandang plano at sa huli kami pala din ang magplaplano at maghihirap😡😡😡 'plan their trips' - you mean like i plan to go on a trip to work in the mornings and go on a trip home in the evenings Mondays to Fridays along with thousands of others? That kind of planning?

Sino ba poor planner at eala solusyon sa mass publc transpo kundi magtiis Tanga Mamamayang Pilipino na lang daw mag adjust sa kulang na public transpo. Anoba. Ulol! Yung dapat nagpaplano para magkaroon ng trips yung namamahala sa public transportation.

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