PUV drivers, conductors required to wear masks

By Gerome Dalipe

DRIVERS and conductors of public utility vehicles (PUVs) are required to wear the prescribed masks at all times while on duty.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued memorandum circular 2020-005 mandating all operators to provide their drivers the required face masks.

Lawyer Martin Delgra, LTFRB chairman, issued the memo circular requiring the drivers and conductors, as well as terminal operators, to wear face masks.

The LTFRB issued the advisory a day after the Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the country’s first recorded novel coronavirus case.

The Board also directed all terminal operators to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness in their premises, as well as provide face masks and disinfectants or sanitizers for free to passengers.

“It is necessary and urgent to devise precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the riding public,” the memo read.

Likewise, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) also directed all terminal operators to provide face masks or sanitizer dispensers for the free use of passengers to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness in their premises.

Marina also urged all ship owners and operators to take necessary measures to monitor the novel coronavirus.

“Moreover, to ensure the safety of the seafarers, clients, and personnel of Marina, the agency has put in place strict health monitoring procedures such as body temperature tests for people entering Marina building and the provision of alcohol dispensers at its entrances and comfort rooms,” the memo read.

All frontline personnel are also directed to wear the prescribed mask. All escalator handrails, elevators, railings, and similar facilities should be regularly sanitized.