Public transport to remain limited to APORs during MECQ, DOTr says

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 12, 2021   •   197

MANILA, Philippines—Public transportation will remain limited to authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) during the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In an advisory, the department reiterated they will remain on high alert in ensuring the health and safety of the riding public in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

The National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, as well as the City of Santiago, Isabela and Quirino Province, and Abra were put under MECQ, as announced by Malacañang on Sunday (April 11).

“During the MECQ, the DOTr will not implement restrictions and changes in the public transport capacity and operations. Just like in the ECQ, however, only the essential travelers or the Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) can ride in public transportation,” the advisory said.

During the MECQ, the department assured that the Free Ride for Health Workers and Medical Frontliners Program will continue nationwide, as well as the Free Ride for APORs for jeepneys and buses operating under the Service Contracting Program.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade also ordered the opening of additional routes of provincial buses, subject to the requirements and guidelines of the concerned local government unit (LGU) of destination. He also instructed not to implement a fare increase. AAC

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