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Cebu City reopens jeepney routes

Lorraine Ecarma
Cebu City reopens jeepney routes

JEEPNEY. Public utility drivers will be given subsidies from the Cebu City local government.

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Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella issues Executive Order No. 102 which lays down guidelines and protocols for the 'Balik Pasada Program'

The Cebu City Government has released the list of reopened routes for traditional jeepneys in the city, in preparation for their gradual return.

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella issued Executive Order No. 102 which lays down guidelines and protocols for the “Balik Pasada Program” and lists the routes to be reopened.

The routes are the following:
Lahug (Plaza Housing)-Magallanes-Carbon
Lahug (JY Square)-SM via Ayala
Guadalupe-B. Rodriguez-Carbon
Mambaling-Colon-SM via C. Padilla
Alumnos-Colon via C. Padilla-TUpas
Basak-P. Del Rosario-Sikatuna-Magallanes
Basak-Magallanes via C. Padilla-Tupas
Pardo (Bulacao)-Colon via Tupas
Labangon-SM via Taboan-Colon
Labangon-Ayala via Escario-Banawa
Talamban-Colon via Echavez-Sikatuna
Pit-os-Talamban-Carbon via Sikatuna

In the first phase of the return of public utility jeepneys (PUJ) in the streets, only 1,355 or a quarter of the total 5,000 jeepneys in the city will be allowed to operate. Screening and evaluation for jeepney units and drivers began on October 30 and ended on November 3. 

Under EO 102, the city government also laid down the minimum health standards or the “seven commandments for public transport passengers, drivers and operators.” 

Among them are a minimum of one seat apart physical distancing for passengers, wearing of face masks, wearing of face shields, paying the exact amount before the ride, hand sanitation, prohibition of talking inside the PUJ, prohibition of eating inside the PUJ, open-air ventilation, and the regular disinfection of the PUJ unit. 

It has been almost half a year since jeepneys were prohibited from plying Cebu City’s streets, following the imposition of community quarantine rules to fight COVID-19. 

Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide-Cebu chairperson Greg Perez said in an earlier interview with Rappler that most jeepney drivers in Cebu City have resorted to entering other occupations during the jeepney moratorium while some have returned to their respective provinces. 

Cebu City is under the least strict modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). Cebu province relaunched its tourism activities in August. –

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