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Traditional jeepneys allowed in 13 areas

A MAN pays his fare through a plastic container pulled by a string in a jeepney in Bacoor City, Cavite which has barriers separating passengers as part of social distancing measures. (Ali Vicoy)

A MAN pays his fare through a plastic container pulled by a string in a jeepney in Bacoor City, Cavite which has barriers separating passengers as part of social distancing measures. (Ali Vicoy)

Malacañang said traditional jeepneys have been allowed to return to the roads in 13 areas in the country due to the lack of transportation that will cater to the needs of the commuting public.

In his Monday presser, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said jeepneys are now allowed in the following areas:

1. Bulacan

2. Cagayan de Oro

3. Pampanga

4. Siquijor

5. South Cotabato

6. CAR

7. CARAGA

8. Region I

9. Region VI

10. Region VIII

11. Region X

12. Region XI

13. Region XII

However, for Metro Manila, Roque asked the public to just wait for the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“So ‘yung mga lugar na kulang talaga ang transportasyon, pinayagan na. Pero if you are referring to Metro Manila, let us wait for LTFRB to make the decision,” he said.

Roque earlier said that LTFRB will come up with a decision before the month ends.

UV EXPRESS

Meanwhile, Roque said 980 UV Express units have returned to the roads of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna starting June 29, particularly in 47 routes where there were no modern jeepneys or city buses.

He added there was no fare adjustment on UV Express.

“Susundin pa rin po ang dalawang piso bawat kilometro na pamasahe,” he said.

If UV Express are still not enough, Roque reassured the public that roadworthy traditional jeepneys will be brought back. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)

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