70% passenger capacity in public transport to start Nov. 4

Maris Federez   •   November 1, 2021   •   477

MANILA, Philippines — Beginning November 4, the public transport system in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be operating at 70% or up to 100% passenger capacity, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Saturday.

This is after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved the department’s recommendation to increase the seating capacity in public utility vehicles.

The DOTr said the implementation of the 70% to full seating capacity includes the Metro Manila Urban Transportation Integration Study (MMUTIS) and the Update and Capacity Enhancement Project (MUCEP) areas.

“Noong nag-meeting ang IATF, na-determina nila na karamihan po ng ating mga mamamayan na pumapasok din sa NCR ay nanggagaling sa mga karatig probinsya natin, kaya minarapat po ng IATF na isama na rin po ‘yung mga karatig probinsya natin na nasa MUCEP area. ‘Yan po ang Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, para naman po ang ating mga mamamayan na pumapasok dito sa loob ng NCR ay makinabang din po dito sa pagtataas ng kapasidad ng ating mga pampublikong sasakyan,” said DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Artemio Tuazon.

The DOTr noted that with the gradual opening of the economy, the increase in the need for more available transportation, such as public utility jeepneys, buses, and trains, follows.

“Mag-uumpisa po tayo sa November 4 ng ating 70% seating capacity. Tayo po ay nakikipag-coordinate sa ating mga rail operators sa LRMC para sa LRT-1, LRTA para sa LRT-2, MRT-3, at pati sa ating PNR upang mapaghandaan po natin ‘yung ating mga pagbabantay,” said DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan.

The DOTr assured that compliance with public health safety measures will be strictly implemented.

The department sees the increase in seating capacity in public transport will generate additional income for drivers and operators.

Aside from the strict implementation of health safety measures by I-ACT, the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Highway Patrol Ground (HPG) will also order the removal of plastic barriers inside public vehicles.

“‘Yung 70% capacity po as shown, will provide financial support to our drivers and operators on top of the forthcoming fuel subsidy po, kung kaya’t nais po sana naming ulitin po sa ating mga drivers at operators na hindi po rason itong ating kinakaharap na pagtaas ng fuel prices upang punuin po talaga ‘yung sasakyan.” said DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Steve Pastor. —/mbmf

DOTr bars unvaccinated persons, minors, senior citizens from using public vehicles in NCR

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday announced it will be temporarily prohibiting unvaccinated individuals in the National Capital Region (NCR) from using public transport vehicles when traveling domestically via land, sea, and air.

In a statement, the DOTr said this is in recognition and support of the resolution issued by the Metro Manila Council, which was approved by the mayors in the municipality and cities in the region.

“The same prohibition is likewise applicable to individuals aged 17 and below, senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with comorbidities,” the transportation department said.

The measure will be enforced while Metro Manila is under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from January 3 to January 15, it added.

The DOTr, however, clarified that the prohibition does not cover the procurement of essential goods and services, and is subject to the production of proof to support and justify such travel.

“The DOTr and its attached agencies shall closely coordinate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on the enforcement of the said policy,” it said.

The NCR was reverted back to Alert Level 3 following a steep increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The Inter-Agency Task Force also placed under level 3 nearby areas of Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna from January 5 to January 15.

Public transport operation in the capital region is currently capped at 70%.

The DOTr earlier warned to impose sanctions against public transport operators that will fail to ensure the strict observance of maximum capacity and public health protocols as stated in IATF guidelines.

70% PUV passenger capacity, papayagan na sa NCR, karatig-probinsiya simula Dec. 9 – LTFRB

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ipatutupad na ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ang ilang pagbabago sa passenger capacity load sa public utility vehicles (PUV) simula sa Huwebes, Disyembre 9.

Ayon sa LTFRB, ang mga pagbabago ay alinsunod sa alituntuning inilabas ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Batay sa LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2021-076, nasa 70% na ang papayagang passenger capacity load sa mga PUV sa National Capital Region (NCR) at mga probinsiyang kasama sa Metro Manila Urban Transportation Integration Study (MMUTIS) Update and Capacity Enhancement Project (MUCEP).

Ang mga probinsiyang ito ay kinabibilangan ng Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, at Rizal.

Para naman sa mga rehiyon na 50% passenger capacity load ang ipinaiiral sa mga PUV ngunit mayroon ng 30% Vaccination Rate ngayong Disyembre, sinabi ng LTFRB na maaari na ring iakyat sa 70% ang kanilang passenger capacity load.

“Sa mga rehiyon na maaari nang maipatupad ang 70% passenger capacity load ngunit hindi pa nakukumpirma ang 30% Vaccination Rate, kailangan magsumite ng Regional Franchising and Regulatory Board (RFRO) ng Memorandum to the Board kasama ang Certification of Vaccination Rate na manggagaling sa Regional IATF o Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office,” ayon sa ahensiya.

Para sa mga inter-regional routes, susundin ang mga sumusunod na alituntunin patungkol sa Passenger Capacity:

  • Mga PUV na bibiyahe papuntang Metro Manila, susundin ang passenger capacity ng rehiyon na pinanggalingan ng PUV
  • Sa mga PUV na bibiyahe mula Metro Manila, susundin ang passenger capacity ng rehiyon na end point ng biyahe
  • Sa mga inter-regional routes na hindi dadaan ng Metro Manila, susundin ang rehiyon na may mas mababang passenger capacity.

Paalala ng LTFRB sa transport operators na sundin ang mga patakaran ng ahensya.

Ang mga mahuhuling lalabag ay papatawan ng kaukulang parusa at multa, at maaaring tanggalan ng certipikasyon.

Epektibo ang polisiyang ito hanggang sa Enero 4, 2022.

PNP-HPG to deploy personnel for pilot increase in PUV passenger capacity

Robie de Guzman   •   November 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) will deploy at least 200 personnel to help in the pilot run of the gradual increase in number of allowed passengers in public utility vehicles (PUV).

PNP-HPG director Brigadier General Alexander Tagum said their personnel will be deployed in different parts of Metro Manila to extend any form of assistance to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and ensure the strict observance of minimum public health standards among passengers.

“Nag-prepare na ang aking mga ground commander para ma-maximize ang deployment ng aming mga highway patrol personnel to assist our motorist,” Tagum said.

“Patuloy ang aming mandate para sa pagpapatupad ng health protocol para sa motorist at mga pasahero. Primary mandate namin ay ang pag-support sa lahat ng requirement ng PNP at local government units so we assure that HPG will be there to assist in whatever we can to ensure na mas maganda ang byahe ng ating motorist in accordance to the protocol ng IATF,” he added.

The DOTr earlier said the pilot run will begin on November 4. The result of the test would determine if public transportation can already resume to its full operation amid the pandemic.

The pilot run was scheduled after the government’s task force on COVID-19 response approved the increase in operational capacity from the current 50% to 70% for public road-based and rail transportation plying Metro Manila and nearby provinces such as Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar reminded commuters to continue observing the health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus in PUVs.

“May plastic barrier man o wala, may law enforcer man o wala, ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa laban sa COVID-19 ay nasa kamay ng bawat driver at pasahero. Kaya sa mga kapatid nating driver ng mga pampasaherong sasakyan, huwag na sanang mauwi sa sitahan pa ang bagong patakarang ito dahil alam ninyo na kayo din naman ang magdurusa kung kayo ay mahuli,” he said.

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