Frontliners struggle to go to work as MECQ starts in Metro Manila

Adrian Ayalin, Jonathan Asedillo and Ronaldo Alonzo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2020 09:21 AM

Commuters who had to go to work despite the start of the implementation of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine measures in Metro Manila struggled to get a ride Tuesday morning as public transport vehicles are banned on the streets.

Nursing attendant Lilia Bañaco of the Delos Santos Medical Center was among those who availed of the free shuttle service of the Office of the Vice President. She said she had no problems getting to work when Metro Manila was under general community quarantine because of the availability of public utility buses.

"Eh ngayong ni-lockdown balik MECQ ganun na naman. Balik na naman kami sa dati," Bañaco said.

The OVP free shuttle was made possible through the assistance of private companies.

Health protocols such as temperature checks and a no mask, no entry policy are being implemented.

“Pag 37 po [ang temperature] hindi namin pinasasakay. Bale inaantay namin na bumaba ang kanyang temperature. Pag lampas ng 37 hindi na pinapasok,” Philippine Army volunteer Sgt. Ryan Valenzuela said.

Due to limited space in the OVP shuttle and not enough free rides available, two endoscopic technicians and other non-medical frontliners failed to get a ride to work.

“Sana po bigyan po kami ng, sana may service po kami, 'yun nga po para makarating po kami sa tamang oras,” National Orthopedic Hospital endoscopic technician Glen Ericbuagas said.