Let’s just all survive this
The country’s worst ‘show‘ premiered today as Day 1 of the General Community Quarantine (AKA Survivor Philippines) has officially begun – and as usual, PH transport isn’t getting any better.
Even as limited public transportation such as P2Ps and PUVs have resumed in Metro Manila, a number of workers still had to endure crazy waiting times and almost zero physical distancing earlier today – as some commuters were left downright stranded.
‘Sabi nila maraming masasakyan. May P2P, may modified jeep na masasakyan, hanggang ngayon ang mga tao nakapila.’ said a commuter waiting in Commonwealth Avenue to CNN Philippines.
LOOK: Workers hope to catch a ride along Litex-Commonwealth in Quezon City.
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) May 31, 2020
(As of 6:45 a.m.) Commuters scramble for a ride along Commonwealth Avenue on Monday, the first work day after Metro Manila shifted to a general community quarantine. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News #COVID19
LOOK: People waiting for a ride on Commonwealth Ave., Quezon Avenue on the first day of General Community Quarantine in…
Meanwhile, other modes of transport are also still trying to cope with the shift. With the MRT and LRT deemed successful for carrying only 10% to 12% passenger capacity, the same can’t be said for EDSA bus riders waiting for nonexistent buses that aren’t allowed to pass by.
— GMA News (@gmanews) May 31, 2020
LOOK: Maraming mga commuter ang nagaabang ng pampasaherong bus sa EDSA-Cubao. Pero naghihintay sila sa wala dahil ayon sa MMDA walang passenger bus na pwedeng magsakay at magbaba rito @gmanews pic.twitter.com/4eUcDPm4Q2
— Jonathan Andal (@JonathanAndal_) May 31, 2020
Looking at first GCQ morning: waiting time in MRT surprisingly fast (owing to fact that there are 20 trains for 1st time since 2017).
You’d think all is swell if you look at Edsa only. Then you realize it’s only because commuters are stranded in Commonwealth and Marcos Hwy.
— Krixia Subingsubing (@krixiasINQ) June 1, 2020
Despite commuters’ struggle, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade asks understanding from the pvblic, as instances like this could still continue well into the GCQ. After all, they didn’t ‘promise‘ anything.
‘Nakikiusap kami at nagsusumamo sa inyo na bigyan niyo kami ng pasensiya at understanding’
‘Wala kaming pinangako o sinabi na ang transportasyon ay magiging extensive and will meet the requirements of all during the first day of GCQ – and even during the duration of the GCQ for that matter.’
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