The number coding will stay lifted as Metro Manila shifts into general community quarantine beginning Monday. It is lifted from Monday until Friday, according to Bong Nebrija, EDSA traffic chief of the Metro Manila Development Authority.
“Since limited pa rin ang transpo, minabuti na lang po ng kagawaran is i-lift muna natin ang number coding para magbigay daan sa mga frontliners natin na makabiyahe, at the same time yung mga naninibago pa mag-commute. Give them time to adjust, kaya wala pong number coding tomorrow until Friday,” he explained.
[Since transportation is still limited, our agency opted to lift the number coding to give way for our frontliners as well as our new commuters. We will give them time to adjust, that’s why there will be no number coding until Friday.]
He reminded commuters to always stay informed about the routes, and of course, anticipate delays.
“Kaya mag-adjust po tayo sa travel time natin,” he said.
[Let’s adjust our travel time.]
“The basic rule is, you count the number of rows ng sasakyan; each, row tig-2 lang po, dulo at dulo. Sa sedan, 4 ang pwede. Sa SUV, 6,” he said.
For ride-hailing vehicles, there should be a division between the passenger and drive, and both are required to be shielded with face masks, Nebrija said. The car should be sanitized after every ride, he added.
Bikes are also allowed to traverse EDSA due to the lack of public transportation, according to Nebrija. Backrides, however, are still prohibited.