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Big business backs DOTr’s move to ease social distancing in jeeps, buses, trains

Fourteen local and foreign business groups have backed the Department of Transportation’s plan to reduce physical distancing in public transportation.

Fourteen local and foreign business groups have backed the Department of Transportation’s plan to reduce physical distancing in public transportation.

The business organizations said “The 7 Commandments”, or the combination of health measures to manage viral transmissions, can be adopted while relaxing commuter distancing.

“Backed by science and global best practices, this combination of health measures will be one of the strictest in the world and will enable better public transport: (1) wearing of proper face mask; (2) wearing of face shields; (3) no talking and eating; (4) adequate ventilation; (5) frequent and proper disinfection; (6) no symptomatic passengers; and (7) appropriate physical distancing,” the business groups said.

The 14 organizations include the Bankers Association of the Philippines, #BounceBackPH, Foundation for Economic Freedom, IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines, Management Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Philippine Business for Education, Restaurant Owners of the Philippines, and Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc.

Foreign business groups such as American, Canadian, European, and Japanese chambers of commerce, as well as the Philippine Association of Multinational Companies’ Regional Operating Headquarters, Inc., also support the DOTr’s proposal.

“We believe a combination of these measures will be amongst the most comprehensive in the world. By ensuring strict enforcement, we would be able to relax physical distancing requirements in order to increase our current public transport capacity, while minimizing the spread of the virus,” the business groups added.

Aside from increasing mass transit capacity, they also recommend increasing the overall supply of various modes of transportation to ensure that more Filipinos can go back to work.

(PNA)

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