Pres. Duterte Decides on Transport Distancing

DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has decided on the physical distancing in public transportation.

The Philippines is one of the over 200 countries and territories hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Until now, the entire country is under community quarantine measures to curb the spread of the disease.

The Department of Health (DOH) has already logged a total of 279,526 cases of coronavirus as of this writing. It includes 4,830 deaths and 208,790 recoveries.

Classes in elementary and secondary schools in the country have yet to start due to the pandemic. With regards to colleges and universities that have already opened their school year, online classes are being delivered.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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Several things became protocols in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Nowadays, everyone is required to wear a face mask when going outdoors. Shopping malls and other establishments even require face shields apart from the face masks.

The practice of physical distancing is also a must. It is observed even inside public transportation thus their capacity was reduced. Plastic covers were installed in jeepneys to create division between passengers.

Recently, some authorities have called for the reduction of the physical distancing inside public transportation from one meter to 0.75 meters. It is amid other authorities calling for the retention of the one-meter physical distancing policy.

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Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte has studied the matter and his decision is now out. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that the President decided to retain the one-meter transport distancing.

According to Roque, the President studied the proposals of both sides. Initially, his decision was expected on Monday but it came ahead of the date.

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