Edsa traffic blues on GCQ Day 1

Edsa traffic blues on GCQ Day 1

MANILA, Philippines — Heavy vehicular traffic choked some stretches of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa), including the Guadalupe area in Makati City Monday morning—the first day of implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila.

After the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) period ended in the National Capital Region Sunday, more workers were allowed to report back to work in both public and private sectors.

The of were cordoned off for public utility buses operating under the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) bus augmentation program, as shown by a video tweeted by Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter Krixia Subingsubing.

Heavy traffic was likewise observed along the south-bound lane of Edsa-Boni Avenue while moderate traffic was experienced by motorists along the north-bound lane.

A number of bikers were likewise spotted along  EDSA and other major thoroughfares.

Meanwhile, along Marcos Highway corner Gil Fernando Avenue in Marikina City, passengers waiting for a ride observed physical distancing rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The DOTr said the resumption of operations of mass transportation systems will be a , with the first one to start Monday.

Phase 1 from June 1 to 21, the DOTr said, will allow the operation of trains and buses under the DOTr bus augmentation program, taxis, transport network vehicle services (TNVS), shuttle services, point-to-point (P2P) buses with limited passenger capacity.

Tricycles will also be allowed to operate during Phase 1 but subject to prior approval of the concerned local government unit (LGU), the DOTr added.

“In Phase 1, no provincial buses will be allowed to enter Metro Manila,” it added.

For Phase 2 from June 22 to 30, will allow the operations of public utility buses (PUBs), modern public utility vehicles (PUVs), and UV Express units, also with limited passenger capacity.