Many of our health workers have been at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic since day one. The influx of patience that can no longer be accommodated in hospitals, exhaustion, and lack of personal protective equipment(PPE) are only some of the setbacks they have been facing these past few months. On Wednesday, they faced another dilemma: transportation.
The government had suspended all public vehicles from plying the streets. On Wednesday morning, reports of health workers walking to work started appearing on the Internet. While private companies and local government units have provided shuttle services, they are obviously not enough. To help ease their burden, the Office of the Vice President, headed by VP Leni Robredo began offering a fee shuttle service for the health workers. The news was posted on the Vice President’s official Facebook page, @VPLeniRobredoPH, on March 17.
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In the post, VP Robredo asked for understanding: “Humihingi kami ng paumanhin sa delay ng paglabas ng mga detalye; nakipag-coordinate pa ang aming Tanggapan sa mga iba’t ibang ospital na pupuntahan ng shuttle service. Please standby for the specific meeting points, schedules, and route maps, which we will post later this evening.”
The service is only for hospital workers—who need to bring with them their valid IDs in order to avail of the rides. Before entering the shuttle, the passengers must undergo a temperature check and sanitizing of hands using alcohol. The health workers must write their names on a log book. Social distancing will also be observed inside the bus.
As of today, March 18, 2020, here is the schedule of the free shuttle services (Afternoon pick-ups will be announced on March 19).
UPDATED SCHEDULE OF PICK-UPS:
6:00 AM at the starting point
11:30 AM at the end point of the route
RITM Alabang — Magallanes SLEX MRT (via Osmeña Highway, via Quirino Ave.) — Taft Ave. LRT — PGH / UP-NIH — Lawton LRT — Carriedo LRT — Recto LRT — Tayuman LRT — Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
Heritage Hotel EDSA extension (via Roxas Boulevard, via Quirino Avenue) — Taft Avenue LRT — PGH / UP-NIH — Manila City Hall (via Quiapo) — UST Hospital — UDMC (via Welcome Rotonda, via Quezon Avenue) — Philippine Orthopedic Center (Banawe, via Araneta Avenue—EDSA Quezon Avenue MRT)
SM MOA Globe EDSA — EDSA Taft LRT / MRT — Magallanes MRT — Guadalupe MRT — Shaw MRT — Cubao MRT / LRT2 (via Aurora Boulevard, via C5 extension) — QMMC (via C5 / Marcos Highway) — Santolan LRT2 — Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Cainta
EDSA extension / Macapagal Avenue — EDSA Taft LRT / MRT — Magallanes MRT — Shaw MRT — Cubao MRT / LRT2 — East Ave. Medical Center — Phil. Heart Center — Lung Center of the Philippines (via Quezon Memorial Circle) — VMMC (via EDSA) — Monumento LRT
SM Fairview (via Commonwealth Ave, via Quezon Memorial Circle) — East Ave. Medical Center — Phil. Heart Center — Lung Center of the Philippines (via Agham Road, via Quezon Ave.) — Philippine Orthopedic Center — UDMC (Welcome Rotonda, via España) — UST Hospital — Lawton LRT
Balintawak LRT — Quezon Ave. MRT — GMA – Kamuning MRT — Cubao MRT — Santolan–Annapolis MRT — Ortigas MRT — EDSA corner Kalayaan Ave. — Ayala MRT — Magallanes MRT — Heritage Hotel EDSA ext.
Photos from VP Leni Robredo on Facebook