By Junex Doronio
RISKING TO BE CALLED “MEMA’ (Me Masabi or just commenting to be noticed) Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed doubt if there is scientific basis behind the government’s decision to allow the gradual reduction of social distancing in public transportation effective Monday, September 14.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced the reduction of physical distancing measure in public transport vehicles to .75 meters among commuters.
“Iyong sa akin lang, nakabase ba ito sa siyensiya? Iyong 0.3 nakabase ba siya sa siyensiya? Kung iyong point nito, iyong mas marami iyong kita ng drivers, na okay naman, pero may ibang mas epektibong paraan,” Robredo said in her weekly radio show.
In a statement, the Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday called on the public to be “extra vigilant” against Covid-19.
For his part, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday said providing additional mass transport vehicles for commuters is better than reducing the physical distancing among passengers.
However, the DILG chief bared that reducing the distance is a “collective decision.”
The Vice President also reiterated her call for service contracting in the public transportation sector as the suspected man-made novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues to ravage on.
“Bayaran sila (drivers), hindi nakabase sa ilang pasahero ang nakasakay. Kasi kapag nakabase sa ilang pasahero ang nakasakay, parating maghahabol ng boundary iyon. Sana service contracting, para mas madali ma-impose iyong social distancing,” Robredo exhorted.