MMDA, NGO to disinfect EDSA bus stops as NCR shifts to GCQ

Published August 18, 2020, 3:21 PM

by Jel Santos

As the National Capital Region (NCR) shifts its quarantine status to general community quarantine (GCQ) on Aug. 19, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it will disinfect bus stops along EDSA.

MMDA said it will disinfect bus stops along EDSA as Metro Manila shifts to GCQ (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, said the agency has partnered with a non-government organization (NGO) for the disinfection activity.

“With the help of Korea 911 Search and Rescue Team, an NGO, the MMDA will disinfect all the bus stops along EDSA,” she said.

Because more modes of transportation will be available during the implementation of the GCQ, Pialago said it is important to ensure the health and safety of commuters by conducting thorough disinfection.

“There is no way to know if the virus is at a bus stop. The only thing we could do is to regularly disinfect to kill viruses and germs invisible to the naked eye,” she said. “The bus stops will be regularly disinfected. This is an initiative of our chairman Danilo Lim.”

Meantime, the MMDA spokesperson reminded commuters that wearing a face mask and shield is required when riding public transportation.

“The Department of Transportation, through a memorandum circular, made it mandatory for passengers of public transportation to wear face shields and masks.”

MMDA said there are currently four bus stops along EDSA.

On Aug. 17, Pres. Duterte announced that NCR will be placed under GCQ as the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) ends on Aug. 18.