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Healthcare workers can now track free bus rides via GPS live locator

DOTr has made it easier for medical frontliners to avail of the service

Our transport authorities continue to do their part in helping healthcare workers do their job. PHOTO FROM DOTR

As you know, Metro Manila (together with Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal) is again back in Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine from August 4 to 18. That means public-transport vehicles will not be available once more, and that includes jeepneys, taxis, trains and buses. This might be of no concern to those who own and drive their personal cars, but it is a fairly serious one for people who rely on PUVs to get to work—most especially healthcare workers who don’t really have the luxury of choosing to work from home.

The good news is that the Department of Transportation continues to offer free bus rides to our medical frontliners. As of yesterday, August 2, a total of 1,426,885 rides—418,226 in NCR-Greater Manila and 1,008,659 in other regions—had been provided by the service, according to DOTr.

Even better, the transport agency has announced that medical frontliners can now monitor via GPS tracking the movement of these buses so that they can easily access the vehicles when passing through their respective routes.

This is what the GPS locator looks like. SCREENSHOT FROM DOTR

Here are the Metro Manila routes of the free bus service for healthcare workers, as well as the links they can use to track the specific arrival times of the vehicles:

* ROUTE 1: Meralco (Malanday) to United Doctors Medical Center

* ROUTE 2: Valenzuela Gateway Complex to United Doctors Medical Center

* ROUTE 3: SM City San Jose del Monte to Centris

* ROUTE 4: SM Masinag to The Medical City Ortigas

* ROUTE 5: Ortigas Hospital and Healthcare Center to Rizal Medical Center

* ROUTE 6: MRT-3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital via MRT-3 Centris Station

* ROUTE 7: Pasig City General Hospital to Makati Medical Center

* ROUTE 7A: Medical City Ortigas to VRP Medical Center

* ROUTE 8: Starmall Alabang to St. Luke’s Medical Center BGC

* ROUTE 9: Vista Mall Daang Hari to United Doctors Medical Center

* ROUTE 10: RITM to Starmall Alabang

* ROUTE 11: Starmall Alabang to Manila Doctors Hospital

* ROUTE 12: Dasmariñas Pala-Pala to Manila Doctors Hospital

* ROUTE 13: Starmall Alabang to Seaoil Imus (Daang Hari/Aguinaldo)

* ROUTE 14: SM City Taytay to St. Luke’s Medical Center QC

* ROUTE 15: SLEX Sucat Exit to Philippine General Hospital

* ROUTE 16: MRT-3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital

* ROUTE 17: SM City San Jose del Monte to SM Fairview/Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center

* ROUTE 18: LRT-1 Monumento to Baclaran Market

* ROUTE 19: First Cabuyao Hospital and Medical Center to Starmall Alabang

* ROUTE 20: SM City Masinag to Lawton

DOTr adds that out of the 150 buses made available for this free-ride program, 110 units have already been fitted with the GPS location trackers. This project is said to have been made possible with the help of PLDT Enterprise and Vectras Inc.

If you know anyone who is in the healthcare profession and who requires a way to move about during the two-week MECQ period, kindly share the above route list together with the GPS locator links.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.