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Biliran medical workers get bikes

Trina Ibarle Orquiza

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Donated wheels A mountainbikers’ group in Biliran Island donated 12 bikes for frontliners to use in traveling to and from their hospitals after public transportation temporarily ceased operations in the province. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BILIRAN ISLAND FACEBOOK PAGE

A local mountainbikers group has donated 12 bicycles for the use of health workers in Naval, Biliran in a bid to inspire frontliners in their fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the local government announced on Sunday.

The Mount Panamao MTB Group donated the bicycles for health workers currently staying at a lodging facility provided for them by the town.

Mayor Gerard Espina said the donated bicycles would greatly solve transportation concerns of health workers reporting for duty as transportation has been limited.

Aside from providing bicycles, the local government earlier launched a discounted fare for health workers, which is available from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Since back ride is not allowed, we asked tricycle drivers that instead of increasing the fare, we decided that the local government will pay P100 per day to 150 tricycle drivers. In return, they are obliged to give fare discounts to our frontliners,” Espina said.

Government and private health workers will have to present their identification cards upon riding the selected motor cabs for hire with visible signage.

Aside from health workers, market vendors who have agricultural passes may also avail of the discounted fares.

As of Sunday, the town has two remaining patients under investigation and three persons under monitoring for COVID-19.

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