LTFRB urges public transportation under GCQ areas to go on cashless payment

LTFRB urges public transportation under GCQ areas to go on cashless payment

UNDER the general community quarantine or GCQ areas, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) stressed that public health standards should be in place in all public utility vehicles.

 

According to LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin B. Delgra III, the agency will be pushing through with the implementation of cashless payment for all public transportation such as buses, modern jeepney, taxis, or Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) in order to reduce and contain the transmission of coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

 

“Itong programa na ito, hindi po ito bago. Even before this pandemic sinusulong na po natin ang cashless transaction as part of our modernization program for PUVs. Ngayon lang naging urgent,” said Delgra.

 

In line with this, the LTFRB has required the public transport operators to have their manifesto or logbook for the complete names and contact details of their passengers if ever there is a need for contact tracing.

 

Palace warns mall management over imposing quarantine guidelines

 

Meanwhile, mall management will surely be under penalties and punishment if they failed to impose the quarantine guideline that has been approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

 

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque stated that mall operators or mall owners may possibly face criminal liability if they will not be able to do their obligation for the containment of the virus.

 

Roque asserted that if mall management could not implement the safety and health protocols, they better close their malls.

 

“May legal possibility po yan…under We Heal as One Act, meron ding criminal liability ‘yan if they don’t exert or fulfill the obligation na dapat ginagawa nila, dapat na may sapat na empleyado at security na magpapatupad nitong mga guidelines na ito, otherwise magsarado po sila,” Roque said.

 

However, the Palace spokesman pointed out that the IATF would surely enforce back the Enhanced Community Quarantine or ECQ wherein almost all establishments including malls are close if the rate of COVID-19 will be doubled, amid reports of the sudden influx of mall-goers without observing physical distancing.

 

The national government then emphasized the importance of following anti-COVID-19 protocols.

 

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