GCQ Survival Tips for your everyday travel
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GCQ Survival Tips for your everyday travel

Romar Fernando

June 3, 2020

  • Have you imagined yourself on the succeeding years, 2021, 2022, 2023… cheering yourself, posting in social media and even partying for an instance, saying that you have survived the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines?

    To tell you, that would be one of the greatest feeling when you have a proper and encouraging foresight of your future. In this time of pandemic, we don’t just worry of what is happening in the present, it is also important to be futuristic, having a foresight that you have overcome everything.

    Started in June 1, somehow, others, including you who is reading this article, are already required to report at your workplace even though we are still in a community quarantine. The threat is still on.

    To help you combat against the threat of COVID-19 and the struggle of GCQ without public transportation, here are some tips.

    Of course, we should be minded of the minimum health standards against the coronavirus. These are basic practices that you can apply everywhere that can protect you from contracting the virus.

    1. Don’t forget to put on your face mask.

    2. Practice physical distancing everywhere.

    3. Don’t forget to bring hand sanitizers.

    4. Practice cough etiquette.

    5. Stay at home when you manifest symptoms.

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, May 28, 2020


    Now, how can you cope with the transition to new normal when there is no organized public transportation?

    Plan your travel.

    It is particularly important to plan every detail of your commuting journey on the succeeding days. The things to give importance are what will be your mode of transportation and its availability, the cost of commuting in the morning and in the evening, the travel time and the density of fellow commuting people that you will encounter in the journey.

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, May 28, 2020


    Locate terminals, the routes of buses and shuttles.

    You are of the fortunate people when your company provides shuttle services for employees like you going to and leaving from the workplace. Well, not everyone is fortunate that’s why others have to adjust a little bit.

    With the limited modes of transportation and shortened routes right now, you must locate first the terminals, pick-up points and know the routes where public utility vehicles will traverse.


    Narito ang mga ruta ng iba’t-ibang Point-to-Point (P2P)…

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Sunday, May 31, 2020

    ADVISORY: In view of the gradual resumption of public transport operations tomorrow, 01 June 2020, with Metro Manila…

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Saturday, May 30, 2020

    ADVISORY: Here are the updated trip schedules of the Point to Point (P2P) buses of Precious Grace Transport Services,…

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Saturday, May 30, 2020

    TINGNAN: Sa ikalawang araw ng General Community Quarantine (GCQ) sa Metro Manila, nagpapatuloy ang Bus Augmentation…

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Monday, June 1, 2020


    For example, a popular bus company that travels from Taytay in Rizal to Quiapo in Manila is now serving passengers in Antipolo City going to Cubao in Quezon City via Sumulong and Marcos Highways. Same thing goes with the augmented bus routes along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) from MRT-North Avenue Station to various destinations in Makati and Pasay cities.

    Identifying the pick-up and drop-off points of those organized bus routes will lessen the burden and travel time of passengers especially during peak hours. Check also if there are free rides that your local government unit (LGU) is providing.

    LOOK: The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Valenzuela City has deployed trucks to provide “LIBRENG SAKAY” for Valenzueno…

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Sunday, May 31, 2020

    TINGNAN: Naka-deploy na ang mga shuttle services ng Marikina LGU para sa libreng sakay para sa mga manggagawa sa unang…

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Sunday, May 31, 2020

    IN THE NEWS: The Muntinlupa City government has deployed buses to help commuters travel while PUVs are still not allowed…

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Tuesday, June 2, 2020


    If you own a bicycle or motorcycle, utilize it!

    The mode of transportation which was neglected by many is now being considered even by policy makers.

    So, if you have one, bicycle or motorcycle, utilize its benefits now. Before, it is used to avoid traffic congestions, now you can use as primary mode of transportation going to your workplace given the recent dilemma in mass transportation. It serves as an exercise as well.

    Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Posted by Philippine Star on Saturday, May 23, 2020

    Posted by One PH on Wednesday, June 3, 2020


    Always remember, safety first! Don’t forget your protective gears: helmet, knee and elbow pads if there’s any and long-sleeved clothes against the heat of the sun. Bring a handy emergency kit if you can. Obey traffic rules and be alert.

    Bring any valid ID and company ID, if there’s any.

    Under the GCQ guidelines, checkpoints still exist in certain areas, most especially in those high-risk places. Don’t hesitate your identification cards to police and military officers for they will just check if you’re business out-of-home is valid or not.


    Beginning tomorrow, June 3, workers, business owners, permitted professionals, and persons…

    Posted by Padayun Asturias on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    To prepare for the influx of people, additional police mobile checkpoints will be established along major roads and…

    Posted by MANILA BULLETIN on Friday, May 29, 2020


    Be prepared for cashless transactions.

    Though some Filipinos are not yet ready for this kind of deals but sometimes, emergency situations demand cashless transactions.

    As long as you can or if you have enough money resources with you, make yourself equipped with ATM cards, smart phone applications and even credit cards. These cashless methods will surely help you in troubled and pressing times.

    Going cashless is easier with PrimeTap cards! You can pay your bus fare with just one tap!


    Posted by MetroExpress P2P Bus on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    Posted by Robinsons Place Manila on Tuesday, June 2, 2020


    Bring water for hydration.

    Whether you commute through public transportation or through own means of cycling and motorcycle riding, always make yourself hydrated. We are always exposed with the heat of the sun and longer travel time will bring us to exhaustion.


    Our battle is against the coronavirus. What we must prioritize is to avoid contracting the virus from and to others. Let us consider ourselves as if we already carry the virus.

    And instead of handling our commuting journey as survival expedition why not we take care of others the way we take care of ourselves?

    In the end, we can say, ECQ? MECQ? GCQ? MGCQ? We survived all of that!


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