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By:  Dexter CabalzaMarlon RamosMatthew Reysio-Cruz 

Some 300 modern jeepneys were given the green light to start plying Metro Manila roads on Monday, but a think tank warned that the news might not be the reprieve commuters had been clamoring for since COVID-19 ground transportation in the capital to a halt months ago.

The jeepneys will be supplemented by 3,600 buses to ferry commuters who had been inconvenienced by the lack of public transportation, according to Malacañang.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said 1,500 other vehicles would be allowed to ply certain routes to help ease the burden of people who had returned to work after President Rodrigo Duterte further relaxed quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila on June 1.

Two phases

“Our problem regarding the lack of public transportation will be addressed beginning June 22,” Roque said on Saturday. “But we still need to observe social distancing because there’s no other alternative [to stem the spread of COVID-19].”

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) is implementing a two-phase resumption of public utility vehicles (PUVs), following a “hierarchy of transport,” with priority given to high-capacity vehicles.

The first phase from June 1 to June 21 gave way only to trains, bus augmentations, point-to-point buses, taxis, transport network vehicles and tricycles—all under limited capacity to maintain physical distancing.

During the second phase starting June 22, modern jeepneys and UV Express vans were supposed to also resume operations.

But 9,000 UV Express vans with franchises are not yet allowed to operate in Metro Manila. So are 55,000 traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs).

Before the pandemic, there were 12,000 passenger buses that operated in the metropolis—4,000 city buses and 8,000 provincial buses.

DESIGNATED ROUTES FOR MODERN JEEPNEYS

Routes to open on June 22:
1. Novaliches–Malinta via Paso de Blas
2. Bagumbayan Taguig–Pasig via San Joaquin
3. Fort Bonifacio Gate 3–Guadalupe-Market Market-ABC Loop Service
4. Pandacan–Leon Guinto
5. Quezon Avenue–LRT 5th Avenue Station
6. Cubao (Diamond)–Roces Super Palengke
7. Edsa Buendia–Mandaluyong City Hall via Jupiter, Rockwell
8. Divisoria–Gasak via H. Lopez
9. Punta–Quiapo via Sta. Ana
10. Boni Pinatubo–Stop and Shop,vice versa
11. Boni Robinson’s Complex–Kalentong/JRC vice versa
12. Nichols–Vito Cruz
13. Filinvest City Loop
14. Alabang Town Center–Ayala Alabang Village
15. Vito Cruz Taft Avenue–PITX Loop Service

Routes to open on June 24:
1. Bagong Silang–SM Fairview
2. Malanday–Divisoria via M.H. del Pilar
3. Parang, Marikina–Cubao
4.Eastwood,Libis–CapitolCommons
5. Gasak–Recto via Dagat-dagatan
6. PITX–Lawton
7. Alabang–Zapote
8. PITX–Nichols
9. PITX–SM Southmall

Routes to open on June 26:
1. QuirinoHighway–UPTownCenter
2. SM Fairview–Commonwealth via Regalado Avenue
3. Quezon Memorial Circle Loop
4. Tikling–Binangonan
5. Antipolo–Pasig via EastBankRoad
6. Rosario–Pinagbuhatan Pasig
7. West Avenue–P. Noval via Del Monte
8. Biñan–Balibago via Manila South Road
9. Tramo–Sucat
10. San Isidro–Congressional Junction Dasmariñas

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