Plano ng Malacanang na gawing mga contact tracer para sa COVID-19 ang mga jeepney driver na biglang nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemic.
“We are actually considering alternative livelihoods for them. There is a suggestion that they be employed as contact tracers because we do need about 120,000 of them and it’s only about 30,000 employed so far,” sabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sa interview ng ANC.
Aniya, malabo pang matuloy ang balik operasyon ng mga jeepney dahil delikado umano sa mabilis napagkahawa sa virus.
“The deployment of traditional face-to-face jeepneys in Metro Manila is ` out of the question’ for now,” turan ni Roque.
Tanging mga bus, tren, taxi , point-to-point buses, shuttle service at bisikleta ang pinapayagang mag-operate uli sa ilalim ng general community quarantine (GCQ).
“It’s not in the immediate horizon because it’s almost a physical impossibility to have social distancing when passengers face each other in a jeepney,” pahayag pa ng kalihim.
“However, there are new modern jeepneys being deployed where the seating arrangement is similar to buses. I understand these kinds of modern jeepneys might be deployed sooner than later,” dagdag ni Roque. (Prince Golez)