By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The newly-launched Philippine National Police Libreng-Sakay program has already served 13,378 stranded passengers since the National Capital Region-Plus was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine last March 29, 2021.
PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said PNP heavy-lift transport vehicles comprising two buses, five utility trucks, and two coasters alternately make regular roundtrips to and from designated pick-up and drop-off points within the NCR (Metro Manila).
As supplies allow, Libreng-Sakay also provides face masks, bottled water, and useful information materials to passengers, Sinas said.
“This is the PNP’s way of reaching out to the citizens by providing mobility and other extended services to authorized persons (APOR) so that they could attend to their work with convenience even while the ECQ is in effect,” Sinas said.
PNP Libreng-Sakay vehicles ply seven (7) regular routes from EDSA-Crame to Meycauayan, Bulacan, and San Jose del Monte City in the North; Zapote, Bacoor, Cavite in the South; and Rodriguez, Rizal, Antipolo City and Taytay, Rizal in the East.
Sinas said PNP Libreng-Sakay is further complemented by 1,317 PNP mobile assets of the National Capital Region Police Office which has so far logged 2,743 sorties ferrying 11,558 passengers from March 29-April 4, 2021.
He said PNP Libreng-Sakay observes the 50% seating capacity policy imposed by DOTR for public transport.