Filipino Commuters Defy Health Guidelines at Start of Relaxed Quarantine, According to MMDA
MMDA said that many Filipino commuters defied the health guidelines at the start of the general community quarantine.
On Tuesday (June 2, 2020), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said that a lot of Filipino people forgot the coronavirus protocols as they return to their work after a few months of lockdown.
The commuters forgot the health guidelines as they vied for limited public utility vehicles. Some of them even crammed on free shuttle services as the Philippine government eased the community quarantine.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia expressed his disappointment after the public lose their focus to the health crisis and became reckless because of their desire to travel. He said that the agency prioritizes the health and safety of the public.
“Noong nakita nila iyong mga libreng sakay, talagang ang daming pumupuna sa social media, nag-aagawan na naman, nasa kalsada na naman sila, walang pila. Nag-kaniya-kaniya na naman at nalimutan nila iyong priority ng COVID,” Garcia said.
Garcia said that the authorities are already studying the local government’s suggestion to allow modern jeepneys in secondary roads.
Philippine General Hospital clinical associate professor Dr. Edsel Salvana said that the virus can easily spread to people within an enclosed space. He also said that public transport is a weak spot of the looser lockdown.
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