MANILA, Philippines – The local government of Quezon City has added two new routes to its Libreng Sakay program to help commuters catch a ride to and from their workplaces and other destinations.
“As we transition to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), we have to assist the people to adjust to the new normal and that includes going back to work,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.
The Libreng Sakay program, which has dedicated 14 buses to ply two identified routes, is available to the general public and Quezon City residents.
The said routes are as follows:
- Route 1: SM Fairview – Quezon Avenue MRT (via Commonwealth Ave)
Starting point: SM Fairview
Pick up points
– Atherton / FCM
– Dona Carmen / Don Fabian (Wilcon)
– Commonweath Market / Riverside
– Don Antonio
– Luzon / Tandang Sora (Puregold)
Drop off point: Quezon Avenue MRT
- Route 2: Novaliches Bayan – North Avenue MRT (via Quirino Highway – Mindanao Ave)
Starting point: Nova Bayan
Drop off point: North Ave MRT
The city government has prioritized these routes due to the number of commuters who were stranded in these areas last Monday, the first day of the general community quarantine (GCQ) when several businesses were allowed to open.
“We recognize that a lot of people, mostly workers, are already returning to their offices but transport vehicles are few. We have to help augment,” said Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo.
Kimpo assured that the city government duly observes social distancing and other necessary protocols while the program is being implemented.
“Our seats have been installed with markers to keep passengers apart. Wearing of proper face mask will be strictly observed and is expected of our passengers,” said Kimpo.
Mayor Belmonte has asked the public to follow the city government’s guidelines, adding that their cooperation is vital in curbing further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Mahalaga ang kooperasyon ng bawat isa sa paglipat natin patungo sa GCQ. Kailangan natin ang tulong ng lahat para hindi na kumalat pa ang virus na ito,” said Belmonte.
Meanwhile, the Libreng Sakay program for frontliners is still on-going.