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More passengers will be allowed to ride public utility vehicles (PUVs) beginning Thursday, November 4, as transport capacity to 70 percent from previous 50 percent.
The national task force on COVID-19 earlier approved the proposal form the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to increase public transportation capacity until it reaches 100 percent capacity. This applies to PUVs in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna.
According to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the decision was to aid the public transportation drivers and operators amid the recent, consecutive hikes in fuel product prices.
Rail transportation will also increase its capacity from 30 percent to 70 percent. This covers Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2, Metro Rail Transit (MRT), and Philippine National Railways (PNR).
DOTr said that there will still be strict observance of health protocols in public transportation. This includes wearing of face masks and face shields, no eating, no talking, physical distancing, proper ventilation, and frequent sanitation.
Standing passengers are still not allowed in public transports, LTFRB said, scrapping the previous recommendation.
PUVs are also not anymore required to install plastic barriers which were mandated during the general community quarantine last year to separate drivers from passengers.