With Mega Manila making the shift back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), many are once again grappling with the question of how they can go to work given limited public transportation options.
Under MECQ, only shuttle services for employees, P2P transport, private transportation, and limited international flights are allowed for transportation.
Mega Manila’s shift to MECQ comes after the Philippines’ health workers warned that the nation was losing its battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
While the shift was necessary, the Move as One Coalition, a group of mobility advocates, asserted how health and economic systems will continue to “collapse” if essential workers cannot get to work.
The government’s guidelines for transportation may pose hurdles to essential workers who do not have access to a private shuttle or a car. The Move as One Coalition added how private shuttles and the national government's “Libreng Sakay” services are also not enough, as they only serve 1-5% of trip demand.
To help government ensure “safe, sufficient, and stable” public transport for frontliners, the Move as One Coalition proposed 5 action points that could be done during the two-week MECQ: