Baguio City, Philippines – The city government of Baguio is allowing operators to remove plastic seat barriers in their public utility jeepneys (PUJs) starting tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 6, while maintaining 70% passenger capacity and for passengers to adhere to minimum public health standards. The agreement was made during a meeting between local PUJ groups, and the city officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on December 1, reports Baguio City's Information Office. During said consultation, the attendees agreed that instead of the plastic barriers, red or yellow numbers with a height of 4 to 5 inches and shall be placed at the backrest of the PUJ seats to indicate distance from each passenger.
Magalong also asked the PUJ operators to adhere to the 70 percent passenger capacity with only one passenger allowed in the front seat with the driver. The mayor likewise reiterated that passengers must strictly follow the minimum health protocol. According to Atty. Althea Alberto of the City Mayor’s Office, the technical working group, on the matter, will be releasing an advisory for the uniform standard of signage to be installed in the PUJs.
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