TO PROMOTE social distancing in vehicles once Cebu City shifts to general community quarantine (GCQ) status, the City Government needs to adjust its traffic policies.
Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, also the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) deputy chief implementor, suggested this as he sees a less strict quarantine status after July 31, 2020.
He told reporters that his office and the IATF plan to talk to traffic offices in the local government units including Cebu City.
Among the matters he’d like discussed is a change in traffic policies in the local level to ensure that anti-Covid measures are strictly enforced.
Garganera mentioned the need to designate stops for public utility vehicles (PUVs) as well as queue lanes.
He said he has spoken to the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) concerning his plan.
Though CCTO officials have designated PUV stops, there is still a need for them to revisit them, Garganera said.
He said these should be addressed first before the city shifts to GCQ, explaining social distancing inside the vehicles would be useless if the riding public does not follow it while waiting for the vehicle.
The IATF also urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to strictly implement the anti-smoke belching ordinance of Cebu City, said Garganera.
He said the state of the city’s air quality must be addressed since aside from Covid-19, pollution can also aggravate respiratory problems.
“We all know that Covid-19 has something to do with respiratory problem, and we blame the pollution for that,” said Garganera during a virtual press conference with the media on July 24, 2020.
Garganera urged the LTFRB not to allow smoke-belching vehicles to ply on the city streets.
He said they will also coordinate with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), and CCTO to monitor the implementation.
He said these are just two of the main points the IATF and EOC will have to see for strict implementation before the city shifts to GCQ. (JJL)