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LTFRB-12 to strictly enforce wearing of face shield

August 06, 2020 - Thursday 5:08 PM by PNA

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Special enforcement teams will be deployed in public transport terminals and major highways in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) in line with the full implementation on Aug. 15 of the mandatory use of face shields in public utility vehicles (PUVs).

Paterno Reynato Padua, LTFRB-Region 12 director, said Thursday the move is to facilitate full compliance with the measure by PUV operators and drivers as well as commuters amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

He said they have coordinated with the Land Transportation Office-Region 12, Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group, and other law enforcement units for the monitoring of possible violators.

“We will make sure that everyone will comply because this is for the safety of everyone during this pandemic,” Padua told reporters.

He said they already sent copies of the directive from their central office regarding the measure to public transport companies and associations as well as concerned stakeholders.

He said the use of face shields, in addition to the face masks, is required for all passengers; bus drivers and conductors; drivers of passenger vans, e-jeeps, multicabs, jeepneys, and taxis.

He said operators or owners of PUVs that will not comply with the measure will face “franchise-related violations.”

Padua said they will regularly monitor the implementation of the measure as it was set by the national Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

He said it will remain in effect until the region’s prevailing modified general community quarantine is lifted.

Robert Cang, president of the Public Transport Alliance of GenSan (PTAG), assured that they fully support the measure and will monitor compliance among their ranks.

While noting that it will be an additional burden for PUV drivers, he said they have the responsibility to follow it as contribution to the fight against Covid-19.

“It’s one way for us to lessen the burden of our weary front-liners,” he said in an interview.

PTAG, the biggest confederation of transport groups in the city, is composed of seven PUV cooperatives that operate in 14 approved routes in the area. Richelyn Gubalani