Senator Grace Poe on Thursday weighed in on the proposal to shorten curfew hours during the quarantine period, saying the government should consider if the mass transport system could support the bigger number of people in public spaces.
“Relaxing curfew hours and quarantine restrictions will naturally result in more people out of their homes and in public places,” the chair of the Senate public services committee said.
“Is our current public transport system capable of handling such surge of commuters? Are there enough PUVs to ferry them from one place to another?” Poe asked.
“Without the complementary boost in number of jeepneys and other PUVs, commuters will suffer and face the risk of infection due to crowding in terminals and public vehicles,” she said.
“More jeepneys should be allowed to return on the road, adhering to health protocols,” Poe said.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier said proposals to shorten curfew hours and other measures to revive the may be tackled in the next meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) this week.
“It may be discussed at the IATF meeting on Thursday. This issue on curfew hours should be taken up in relation to other measures, such as allowing more business categories to open, as well as increasing transport capacity,” he said.