Philippine jeepneys allowed back on roads to service Metro Manila commuters

Jeepneys allowed back on roads
The Philippine jeepney became a symbol of Filipino ingenuity after the Sarao family repurposed post-war American military jeeps into public transport vehicles. Photo from Sarao Jeepney on Facebook.

The iconic Philippine jeepneys are being allowed back on Metro Manila roads to service commuters beginning July 3, 2020.

The “King of the Road” that has drawn celebrities and tourists was disallowed from plying routes when the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was enforced in Metro Manila and Luzon in mid-March to stop the spread of coronavirus disease.

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The jeepney which became a symbol of Filipino ingenuity after the Sarao family repurposed post-war American military jeeps into public transport vehicles, returns to the road following the resumption of public transportation and the fielding of modernized “jeepneys” beginning June.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) released on July 1 the guidelines for the operations of jeepneys on their existing routes beginning July 3, Friday.

LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2020-026 states that traditional public utility jeepneys can ply existing routes with the following conditions:

  • a corresponding QR Code shall be issued to the operator prior to operation, which must be printed and displayed in the corresponding unit. The operator may secure said QR Code by downloading it from the LTFRB website here.
  • PUJs that are currently registered roadworthy with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and with valid Personal Passenger Insurance Policy
  • existing fare of Php 9.00 for the first 4 kilometers and Php 1.50 for succeeding kilometer(s) should be followed. No fare adjustment shall be applied unless approved by the Board.
  • Operators and drivers are likewise required to comply with a series of safety measures prior to dispatch and during operations, such as checking of body temperature, wearing masks and gloves at all times, and operating at a maximum of 50% capacity, and distributing Passenger Contact Forms

Below are the routes where jeepneys are allowed:

T102 Camarin – Novaliches
T103 Karuhatan – Ugong
T104 Malabon – Monumento via Letre
T105 Malabon (TP) – Navotas (TP)
T107 Monumento – Navotas via Letre
T205 Cubao – Proj. 4 via J.P. Rizal
T206 Cubao – San Juan via N. Domingo
T208 IBP Road – Lupang Pangako via Gravel Pit Road
T209 Marikina – Pasig
T210 Pantranco – Proj. 2 & 3 via Kamuning
T211 Proj. 2 & 3 – Q Mart
T212 Sucat-Highway – Bagumbayan
T213 Ayala – Pateros via JP Rizal
T215 Marikina – Pateros via Pasig
T301 A. Boni – A. Mabini via 10th Ave
T302 A. Bonifacio – D Tuazon/E. Rodriguez Ave.
T303 A. Rivera – Raon via Severino Reyes
T305 Ayala – Mantrade via Pasong Tamo
T306 Ayala – Washington
T309 Balic-Balic – Quiapo via Lepanto
T310 Balic-Balic – Bustillos via G. Tuazon
T311 Balic-Balic – Espana/M. Dela Fuente
T312 Balintawak – Frisco
T313 Balut – Blumentritt
T314 Blumentritt – North Harbor via Divisoria
T316 Boni – Kalentong JRC via Boni Avenue
T317 Dian – Libertad
T318 Divisoria – Gastambide via Morayta
T320 Divisoria – Pier North via Plaza Moriones
T321 Divisoria – Quiapo via Evangelista
T322 Evangelista – Libertad
T323 Divisoria – Velasquez
T324 Guadalupe Market – L. Guinto via Pasig Line
T326 L. Guinto – Sta. Ana
T327 Herbosa/Pritil – P. Guevarra via Tayuman
T328 Kalentong/JRC – P. Victorino via P. Cruz
T330 Divisoria – Sta. Cruz via San Nicolas
T331 Kayamanan C – PRC via Pasong Tamo
T332 L. Guinto – Zobel Roxas via Paco
T333 Lardizabal – Rizal Ave. via M. Dela Fuente
T334 Lealtad – Quiapo (Barbosa) via Lepanto
T335 Kalentong/JRC – Libertad (Mandaluyong) Nueve de Pebrero
T336 Kalentong/JRC – Namayan via Vergara
T338 North Harbor – Quiapo via Evangelista
T340 P. Faura – San Andres
T343 Quezon Ave. – Sta. Mesa Market via Araneta Avenue
T344 Crame – San Juan via Pinaglabanan
T401 Alabang – Sucat via M.L. Quezon
T402 Soldiers Hill (Phase IV) – Talon via Alvarez

The Philippine jeepney has inspired entrepreneur-artist Larry Gile to transform the icon into a Planter Jeepney biodiversity champion.

Jeepneys have also been transformed into LalaJeep delivery vehicles.

SEND CHEERS to the commuting public and the jeepney transport sector for this piece of good news!

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