Best free ride routes for health frontliners
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Best free ride routes for health frontliners

Romar Fernando

August 19, 2020

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    Since March 2020, the country’s battle against COVID-19 is getting rougher and tougher because of the increasing number of infected persons.

    Aside from the infected persons themselves, one of the most affected sectors responding to the stronger needs of the pandemic is the health sector including the doctors, nurses and other medical workers involved in treatment.

    In fact, because of the alarming situation in the past weeks, several doctors and nurses association in the country had called the government for a ‘timeout’ to slightly restore the collapsing situation of healthcare facilities in the country most especially in Mega Manila. As a response to the ‘timeout’ call, the national government ordered a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

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    The stricter the quarantine, the tougher struggle for medical frontliners in terms of mobility in going in and out of their respective health care facilities. To respond to the transportation woes of health frontliners, several government agencies put up transport shuttles for them.

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    To make their ride easier and less hassle, medical frontliners can access the mobile application named Sakay.ph or the link covid19.sakay.ph which was launched by the Department of Transportation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, under their Free Ride for Health Workers Program.

    Participating in this endeavor are the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Office of the Vice President (OVP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PasigTransport and Marikina City local government unit.

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    DOTr provides shuttles in 19 routes, OVP serves in nine routes, PasigTransport and Marikina LGU cater frontliners in six routes each and all these can be seen on Sakay.ph portal.

    Frontliners can also identify the time of departure and arrival of shuttles as well as the stops, pick-up and drop off points and the real-time location of the shuttle heading to a frontliners’ current location.

    Shuttles can accommodate frontliners up to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan in the north, up to Dasmariñas, Cavite and Sta. Rosa, Laguna in the south and up to Taytay, Rizal in the east.

    We wish all the medical frontliners their safety and protection against COVID-19. We hope and pray for them to have more power and courage to continue minister to the sick. We also hope that these kinds of services given to frontliners will be always beneficial and advantageous to them.

    Keep safe and sound!

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