Transport agencies espouse PCCI-RESPOND's Transport Protocol
The hearing of the House Committee on Transport last week tackled the issue of transport protocol in anticipation of the partial lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila. The attached matrix shows a comparative analysis of the PCCI-RESPOND Proposed Transport Protocol and the positions presented by Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) at the hearing. As can be gleaned from the attached Matrix, most of PCCI-RESPOND’s major recommendations were carried by the transport agencies.
Under the Roadmap to Recovery 01-2020 the PCCI submitted to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on April 13, PCCI identified the public transport sector as an essential service which can partially resume operation as the ECQ is lifted and economic activity gradually resumes. Supporting its advocacy, PCCI submitted a Transport Protocol to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) which suggested the following, among others:
· Allowing MRTs/LRTs and public utility buses (PUBs) including P2P (Point-to-Point) buses to operate and ply the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila while strictly implementing social distancing
· Identifying major thoroughfares, which the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) assigns to specific PUBs to serve. (NOTE: All routes must be exclusive. They may intersect but must not have joint segments within their respective routes. While this requires transferring from one bus to another, mutually exclusive bus routes can be better managed.)
· Designating bus stops at the start of the bus operation/s in the morning.
· Allowing PUBs should to use only one lane of the road.
PCCI and the USAID-Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (RESPOND) project led by Dr. Henry Basilio crafted the Protocol.
Click here to view PCCI Statement on Roadmap to Recovery 01-20 (Transport)