President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila will already be under General Community Quarantine, meaning some sectors are now allowed to operate and workers are already allowed to go to their respective work. But there is one question, how will people go to their work. Train, buses, taxis and tnvs maybe already allowed under GCQ but not at fully operational as to how it is before –– still part of precaution in containing the virus.
Before the pandemic people are already having a hard time when it comes to commuting here in the metro what more at a situation like this. One senator is very vocal about how the gov’t should support the people in terms of public transportation.
Sen. Nancy Binay aired her disappointment towards some agencies that are concern with public transportation after the news of people piling up on the road just to ride a vehicle going to work.
She did not minced any words when it comes to calling out the DOTr and how they should handle this situation. “What happened to foresight? Mabuti sila’t aircon ang mga sasakyan. Eh kung subukan kaya ng mga opisyal ng DOTr mag-commute mula sa kani-kanilang bahay papasok sa opisina nila (sa Clark City o Ortigas)? Dapat maramdaman nila ang hirap na pinagdadaanan ng mga commuter. They won’t be able to plan well if they don’t feel and understand the people’s daily struggles,” Sen. Binay said.
Transport experts warned, that there were not enough PUV’s during the first day of GCQ, thus made the people struggle on its first day. That is why senators appealed to help the people with their burden and not passed it to the private sector.