Eleazar tasks HPG to assist DOTr in 30-day pilot run on gradual increase of passenger capacity in PUVs

Eleazar tasks HPG to assist DOTr in 30-day pilot run on gradual increase of passenger capacity in PUVs

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By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar has directed the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) to assist and coordinate with the Department of Transportation regarding the 30-day pilot study of the gradual increase in the number of passengers allowed in public utility vehicles.

PGen Eleazar said the PNP-HPG is ready to extend any form of assistance during the pilot run, aside from ensuring that minimum public health standards are strictly observed by the riding public.

“Makikipag-ugnayan ang Highway Patrol Group sa DOTr para umalalay sa pilot run ng dagdag na passenger capacity sa ating mga PUVs. Bukod sa pagtiyak na nasusunod ang minimum public health standards sa mga pampublikong sasakyan, handang tumulong ang PNP sa iba pang paraan para maging matagumpay ang 30-day pilot run na ito,” PGen Eleazar said.

The pilot run was scheduled after the National Task Force against COVID-19 approved the increase in operational capacity from the current 50% to 70% for public road-based and rail transportation plying Metro Manila and nearby provinces such as Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna.

The DOTr said the pilot run would begin on November 4.

PGen Eleazar said the pilot study would determine if public transportation could already resume its full operation amid the pandemic.

The PNP chief reminded commuters to continue observing the health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus in public utility vehicles.

“May plastic barrier man o wala, may law enforcer man o wala, ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa laban sa COVID-19 ay nasa kamay ng bawat driver at pasahero. Kaya sa mga kapatid nating driver ng mga pampasaherong sasakyan, huwag na sanang mauwi sa sitahan pa ang bagong patakarang ito dahil alam ninyo na kayo din naman ang magdurusa kung kayo ay mahuli,” said PGen Eleazar.

“Kasama sa pagluwag ng patakarang ito ang pagtitiwala sa inyo ng pamahalaan na kayo ay magiging disiplinado at responsible sa kaligtasan ng inyong sarili at kapwa pasahero,” he added.

“In this latest development in the transportation sector, traditional jeepneys will be allowed to accommodate an additional four to five passengers while modern jeepneys may accommodate standing passengers.

Moreover, public utility buses can allow standing passengers although the one-seat-apart policy remains. (ai/mtvn)

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