Cebu City mayor appeals to DOTr to lift suspension of jeepney operations due to transport woes

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(CNN Philippines, June 3) — Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella has said he will ask the Department of Transportation to allow public utility jeepneys to resume operations at reduced capacity due to the lack of transportation options for commuters who need to report physically for work.

Mayor Edgar Labella said 40 buses were deployed since Cebu City shifted to general community quarantine on Monday, but they struggle to meet the public transit demand.

"Kuwang pa gyud kaayo. Daghang mga pasahero ang natanggong sa ilang mga tagsa tagsa ka mga trabaho (It is not enough. Several workers were left stranded),” Labella said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

In the meantime, Labella said the city government will distribute a sack of rice to each of the 1,000 identified jeepney drivers in the city.

In March, Labella asked the Transportation Department to relax their policy against back-riding on motorcycles. The department rejected his request.

Labella on Monday sent another plea to the DOTr to allow immediate family members to be pillion passengers.

He said, “I am hoping we will have a positive response this time.”

Since Monday, some workers in Cebu City have been left with no choice but to go to work on foot.