An electric bus company lent their vehicles for free to the Pasig City government as part of their mission to help the frontliners and other people who are in need of public transportation amid the community quarantine in Metro Manila and Luzon.
Global Electric Transport (GET) in an Instagram post showed the two electric buses they sent to the government of Pasig to provide free rides for essential frontline government personnel and health workers.
“Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and the Pasig Transport Department were quick to recognize the issue the ban posed and formulated what we saw as an appropriate crisis management response. Pasig City rolled out emergency transport initiatives for essential personnel and those within Pasig’s borders. This includes providing free bus and shuttle services from major pickup points to the city’s hospitals, as well as repurposing bicycles from its Bicycle Share Program,” the company stated.
“The city government was vocal on social media and offline, encouraging people to help however way they could. We at GET will be working in conjunction with Pasig City Hall to provide our COMET electric minibus service free of charge for the Pasig Public Market to Shaw Boulevard route, aiding frontliners reach hospitals such as Rizal Medical Center,” they added.
According to them, instead of paying for a tricycle fare, people are going to enjoy free rides in their bigger vehicles.
Sotto previously proposed to allow tricycles to operate to serve the health workers, frontliners and other people who are required to visit the hospital, but it was rejected by the government because of social distancing issues.
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Solidarity is not an act of charity, but a mutual help between forces that fight for the same goal. -Samora Machel. The COMET will be assisting Pasig City in ferrying front liners to the hospitals and city hall and other key areas in Manila (Philippines).?? There are no rides available. People riding the comet would have had to pay $1.50 to $2.00 a ride on a tricycle (they are allowing only one passenger). Remember this is in a county where the minimum daily wage is $10.00 From @qevtech we feel proud about this, it’s amazing see how our technology crosses borders and contributes acts like these. But we do not forget that the real heroes are the @cometride drivers and service team who are doing this possible and are giving this magnific service without rest. For all of each of you, today all our team from Barcelona is with you. We’re all in this toGETher! ?? #covid19 #stopcoronavirus #goelectrictoday #qevtechnologies #emobility #race2road #ebus #ekit
Sotto cited that the Pasig City government’s lack of service vehicle was the reason why they’re considering allowing tricycles to operate.
Despite being rejected, Sotto said that they’re going to follow the orders of the government and going to find other ways to provide temporary means of transportation to its frontliners.