By Allysa Nievera
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Martin Delgra reminded public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers to wear face masks for protection against the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“Merong directive doon sa mga drivers at mga operators to wear face mask as well as put up some measures na hindi makakahawa rin or hindi mag spread yung virus… kasama na rin po yung paglalagay ng mga hand sanitizers dun sa mga terminal po,” Delgra said in an interview on DZMM radio on Friday.
(There is a directive to drivers and operators to wear face masks as well as put up some measures to prevent contagion or the spread of the virus… including providing hand sanitizers at terminals.)
Delagre said they are coordinating with suppliers and other government agencies regarding the shortage of facemasks.
“We are also coordinating with other government agencies and other… kami na rin po mismo, naghahanap ng mga supply either to buy them, at kami na rin po, ang LTFRB na din po ang nagbibigay ng facemask,” he said.
(We — LTRFB itself — are looking for a supply of face masks and we’ll be distributing them.)
“We would also refer ‘yung mga (the) operators kung saan din po bibili ng (to where they can buy) face mask whenever available and wherever available.”
Delgra also said facemasks made of cloth may be used in the meantime. “Maglagay lang tayo ng pang-takip para lang hindi makakahawa din sa ibang tao… at also to encourage the riding public to do the same.”
(Let’s use something to cover our face so we don’t spread contagion to other people…)
Delgra said there is no sanction if the drivers do not comply, but because a memorandum circular (MC) has been issued on the matter, non-compliance will be considered a violation of their franchise.
“Meron pong polisiya (policy) ‘yung LTFRB na pag may mga circular o MC na pinapalabas at hindi sinusunod po, may violation po na tinatawag na breach of franchise so may kaakibat po na penalty patungkol diyan, at least P5,000 po ang violation.”
(There is an LTFRB policy that if an MC is not complied with, there is a violation called ‘breach of franchise’ and there is a corresponding penalty of at least P5,000.)