MMDA advises commuters to plan their trips

Published May 31, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By MB Online

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advised commuters on Sunday to adjust their travel time as Metro Manila shifts to general community quarantine starting Monday, June 1.

“Sa ating commuters, empower yourselves with information, kung saan po kayo sasakay at i-anticipate po ang delay. Kaya mag-adjust po tayo sa travel time natin,” MMDA Edsa traffic chief Bong Nebrija said in an interview over ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo.

He said only two passengers per row will be allowed for private vehicles.

“The basic rule is, you count the number of rows ng sasakyan; so each, row tig-dalawa lang po, dulo at dulo. Sa sedan, apat ang pwede. Sa SUV, anim,” said Nebrija.

Nebrija also said that division between the passenger and driver is required for ride-hailing vehicles.

“Kailangan nga po parang mayroon ng division, plastic cover, to separate the driver and the passenger. Usually naman ang laman ng TNVS, isa, dalawa, so pag ganon sa likod na lang sila sasakay,” he said.

He also said that car should be sanitized after every ride and that wearing of face masks is mandatory.

“Pwedeng mag refuse ang driver kapag nakita niya yung pasahero na walang mask, and at the same time, ganon din po ‘yung pasahero, kapag nakita niya ‘yung driver na walang mask pwede niya ipa-cancel ‘yung ride,” Nebrija said.

Meanwhile, Nebrija also said the number coding will remain suspended as the modified coding scheme will not immediately take effect on Monday, June 1.

“Since limited pa rin ang transpo, minabuti na lang po ng kagawaran is i-lift muna natin ang number coding para magbigay daan sa mga frontliners natin na makabiyahe, at the same time yung mga naninibago pa mag-commute,” Nebrija said.

He said number coding will be lifted from Monday until Friday.

“Give them time to adjust, kaya wala pong number coding tomorrow until Friday,” he said.

Earlier, MMDA said they are eyeing to implement the modified scheme by June 1, on the first day of GCQ, to limit the number of vehicles on the road as many employees are expected to return to work.

Under the modified scheme, coded-vehicles are allowed to travel on major roads.