PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said that their Oplan: Libreng Sakay will continue until the transport system in Metro Manila and other parts of the country normalizes under the ‘new normal’ brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of yesterday, the country’s top cop said that police have already transported and helped nearly 12,000 stranded workers and commuters since public transportation in the National Capital Region was suspended eight weeks ago.
Police-Community Affairs and Development Group (PCADG) director, Brigadier Gen. Joselito M. Daniel said that a daily average of 300 to 400 stranded workers and commuters were transported by PNP trucks and vehicles from March 19 to last Sunday. Police marshals are assigned in each vehicle to ensure that social distancing and wearing of face masks by their passengers will be fully observed.
The PCADG and the PNP Directorate for Police-Community Relations headed by Major Gen. Dionardo B. Carlos are supervising the project which is already on its 9th week of operations.
“Aside from this Libreng Sakay project in the major highways along EDSA, we also launched Free Ride Project in communities and barangays using police vehicles to provide free ride to elderly and pregnant women, nursing mothers, and women with small children,” Gamboa said.
Daniel said the PNP Libreng Sakay Project is now traversing 10 major routes using 12 buses and troop carriers to and from the following pickup and drop points within Metro Manila and nearby areas:
a. Central Terminal (Manila City Hall to Quezon Avenue MRT 3 and vice versa.
b.Camp Crame to Tungko in San Jose Del Monte City (via Commonwealth Avenue and vice versa
c.Camp Crame to Rodriguez, Rizal (Montalban) via Litex and vice versa
d.Camp Crame to Taytay, Rizal (via Ortigas) and vice versa
e. Camp Crame to Meycauayan City, Bulacan (via Mc Arthur Highway) and vice versa
f. Camp Crame to Antipolo City and vice versa
g. Pasay City to Monumento (EDSA) North Bound and vice versa
h. Monumento to Pasay City Taft (EDSA) South Bound and vice versa
i.Camp Crame to Zapote Bacoor, Cavite and vice versa, and
j. Camp Crame to Novaliches, Quezon City and vice versa
The free trip starts at 6 to 9 in the morning and from 6 to 9 in the evening,