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Schedules And Routes Of Free Shuttle Service For Health Workers
  • The general rule under the enhanced community quarantine is for citizens to stay home and avoid non-essential travel. But what about our frontliners and health workers? Here are some of the efforts to address their public transportation.

    Free public transportation for frontliners and health workers

    Starting today, March 20, 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will deploy buses to offer free rides for health workers. The free bus service will operate on 13 routes all over the National Capital Region (NCR) at 5 a.m., 7 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.

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    Vice President Leni Robredo will also be providing free shuttle services for health workers and frontliners all over NCR. A 10-minute waiting time will be observed at each stop. Refer to the post above for the routes and schedules of rides for today, Friday, March 20. Note that the routes and schedules of rides may change in the coming days.

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    Public transporation suspended under enhanced community quarantine

    In case you missed it, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that the operations of all land transportation modes, such as public utility buses, jeepneys, taxis, FX, UV Express, Point-to-Point (P2P) buses, and Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) like Grab, have been suspended until April 13, 2020.

    The Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2 (LRT-1 and LRT-2), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) have also suspended their operations until further notice.

    According to a previous SmartParenting.com.ph article, under the enhanced community quarantine, all motorcycles are restricted to only one passenger each. Services such as Joyride and Angkas have suspended their operations, except for deliveries.

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    Only one person from each household is permitted to go outside to shop for groceries and other necessities using a private vehicle. According to a bulletin from the Philippine Ports Authority, barangay captains are tasked to check for compliance with this rule.

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    No international flights leaving from Luzon starting March 20

    Starting Friday, March 20, airports in Luzon will no longer be operating outbound international flights, Rappler reports. This means that travelers who plan to leave the country via Luzon only had until Thursday, March 19, to depart.

    CNN Philippines reports that inbound Filipino citizens, including their foreign spouses and children, Permanent Resident Visa holders, and Diplomat Visa holders will be allowed to enter the country despite the travel restrictions.

    Note that according to the Office for Transport Security (OTS), inbound Filipino citizens cannot be picked up from the airport by their loved ones as this is considered non-essential travel, says CNN Philippines. OTS Undersecretary Raul del Rosario says the Transportation Department is working to provide these individuals transportation to take them to their homes.

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