MERGE Plastic dividers, the new normal in jeepneys* (Andy Alvarez photo)


Huge passenger turnout,
Covid protocols violated
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The help of the police and local government units is needed to manage the influx of passengers at bus terminals and waiting areas, following the resumption of operations of public transport yesterday in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, which are now under General Community Quarantine.

Huge volumes of passengers at bus terminals and waiting areas, were noted in various parts of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City yesterday. Worse, many among the riding public did not observe physical distancing and others were not wearing face masks.

Alarmed by the huge volume of passengers yesterday at bus terminals, especially in the cities of Victorias, La Carlota, Cadiz and Hinigaran, Vallacar Transit Inc. that operates Ceres Liner passenger buses in Negros Occidental, sought the help of the police and LGUs who deployed enforcement units to assist them. moremoremore


Lack of vehicles
leave many stranded
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

A limited number of public utility jeepneys have resumed operations in Bacolod City after the General Community Quarantine began Saturday.

Diego Malacad, secretary-general of the United Negros Drivers Operators Center, said yesterday that only 30 to 40 percent of the PUJs started plying the streets of Bacolod.

“There are many passengers but PUJs are limited to only 50 percent of their capacity to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. So, instead of having 16 passengers, they have to settle with eight in one route,” Malacad said, adding that drivers are at a disadvantage in the new setup. moremoremore

 

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SEC Bacolod resumes operations
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Securities and Exchange Commission Bacolod extension office has resumed operations yesterday, and will implement a four-day work-week scheme.

Clyde Padilla, SEC Bacolod information officer, said they will resume their usual 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. office hours until Thursday, and will work from home on Friday to allow the staff to disinfect the office and documents, in preparation for the following week’s operations.

Even if office operations had resumed, she said clients are still highly encouraged to submit their reports by mail, either through private courier or government postal service, and a copy of the mailing official receipt should be enclosed in the envelope.