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Free rides for GCQ commuters in Rizal

Neil Alcober

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The local government of Rodriguez, Rizal on Tuesday announced it will offer two new routes to its “Libreng Sakay” program to assist commuters who are facing difficulty reaching their workplaces due to lack of public transportation during the general enhanced community quarantine.

Rodriguez Mayor Dennis Hernandez said the town’s “Libreng Sakay” program has four defined routes — San Isidro to Litex, San Rafael to Litex Jollibee, Burgos to Litex Market, and Montalban to Marikina – and each with designated drop-off and pick-up points and schedules for the passengers.

Hernandez said the general public and local residents can avail of the free rides every Monday to Saturday starting from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. along different routes in the town.

The local chief executive also reminded the passengers to always abide with the guidelines such as wearing face mask and observing social distancing to prevent the further spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The general community quarantine in effect in Metro Manila has limited the volume of public utility vehicles that may ply routes which has severely affected the mobility of workers as under the GCQ, passenger buses and jeepneys were not allowed to operate.

Only trains and bus augmentation, taxis, transport network vehicle services, shuttle services, point-to-point buses and bicycles have been allowed from 1 to 21 June.

In the second phase of the GCQ from 22 to 30 June, the government is set to allow public utility buses, modern public utility vehicles or jeepneys and UV Express vehicles.

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