Provincial buses, jeeps not allowed in Metro Manila during quarantine: DOTr

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2020 01:11 AM

MANILA - Provincial buses and jeeps are not allowed to enter Metro Manila during the month-long community quarantine, the Department of Transportation said Sunday.

In an interview on DZMM, Transportation Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon Jr. said all provincial buses and jeeps would have to drop off their passengers outside Metro Manila.

The passengers would then have to take city buses and jeeps to enter the metro.

"Ang provincial buses po natin, hindi na natin papapasukin ng NCR," Tuazon said.

"Mayroon po tayong mga checkpoints po doon, ang lahat po ng entry areas natin, ang nagma-man po diyan ay ating kapulisan, may mga checkpoints po doon, ang mga provincial buses po, hanggang doon na lang," he added.

For those coming from northern Luzon, the drop-off point will be in Bocaue, Bulacan, while those coming from southern Luzon will have to get off in Sta. Rosa in Laguna.

"Ang mga pasahero po, sasaluhin naman ng city transport natin," Tuazon said.

Upon alighting from the provincial buses and jeeps, passengers would have to undergo a temperature check before they can take the city buses. They would also have to show proof of their employment or the purpose of their trip to Metro Manila.

The buses and jeeps would then be asked to return. They would not be allowed to enter the metro, even those which have terminals in Quezon City, Manila or Pasay City.

Passengers staying outside of Metro Manila were advised not to enter the capital region unless they were traveling for work, delivering goods or scheduled for urgent medical procedures to stop the disease from creeping to other parts of the country.

The disease, which originated from Wuhan, China, has killed at least 12 people and infected 128 others in the Philippines, prompting officials to place the country under a state of public health emergency.

The World Health Organization called the COVID-19 a global pandemic after nearly 5,000 people died from the disease, while 110,000 others were infected.