outbrain
Close  

San Juan trikes back, only 1 passenger allowed

/ 05:10 AM May 29, 2020
San Juan CIty Mayor Francis Zamora

INSPECTION San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora checks safety measures undertaken by tricycle drivers on Thursday, when they were allowed to resume operations. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Tricycles resumed operating on Thursday in San Juan City, while four tricycle drivers in Marikina City were confirmed positive for COVID-19 amid the city’s aggressive testing program for returning workers.

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora told the Inquirer that while testing was not a must for the city’s 900 tricycle drivers, he had ordered mandatory physical examinations at the city health office, which would also perform contact tracing to determine possible exposure to COVID-19 carriers.

ADVERTISEMENT

Only drivers “deemed fit and healthy” would be issued a health pass, which the drivers were required to wear as they plied the city’s roads. Other measures that have been uniformly adopted, like a one-passenger limit and installation of plastic dividers, were also ordered.

Zamora said he was wary of deploying rapid testing kits being used now to test tricycle drivers in cities like Mandaluyong, where at least 277 drivers tested positive, because they are known to be less accurate than the gold-standard PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests.

FEATURED STORIES

“If any drivers feel they have symptoms and want PCR tests, we will give it for free,” he said.

Marikina said four of its tricycle drivers were found to be infected after undergoing PCR tests.

It is one of the few cities that have used government funds to undertake an ambitious mass testing program, which has benefited 5,465 tricycle drivers and 5,912 factory workers.

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: pandemic, San Juan, Transportation, Tricycle, Zamora
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.