79 passengers of colorum vehicles from NCR going to Bicol tested positive for COVID-19

  • DOTr issued a warning against colorum vehicles traveling amid the pandemic
  • The LTO recently intercepted 12 colorum vehicles from NCR bound for Bicol whereby 79 passengers tested positive for COVID-19
  • DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade called on drivers of such vehicles to put a stop to these kinds of risky and illegal activities

Nearly 80 passengers aboard colorum vehicles have tested positive for COVID-19.

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The Department of Transportation issued a warning against colorum or vehicles operating without a franchise. This came after 12 vans were intercepted by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) ferrying from the National Capital Region (NCR) going to Bicol region.

According to the Bicol Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), 79 individuals who traveled via colorum vehicles have tested COVID-19 positive. They revealed that dispatchers of these vehicles would usually use social media to look for passengers. Once they’ve filled up their shuttles, drivers reportedly pick up their passengers from their homes.

DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade called on drivers of such vehicles to put a stop to these kinds of activities. He said such actions will not help the country’s efforts against the spread of COVID-19 and put others at risk.

“Buhay ‘ho ang nakataya dito, kaya’t huwag maging pasaway, huwag maging sanhi ng pagkalat ng Covid. Hindi ‘ho tayo uusad sa ating laban kontra sa Covid kung tahasan nating nilalabag ang mga quarantine protocols,” Tugade remarked.

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“Hindi ho tayo uusad sa ating laban kontra sa COVID kung tahasan nating nilalabag ang mga quarantine protocols. Isantabi muna natin ang pansariling interes para isalba ang buhay ng nakararami,” he added.

Tugade said he had already ordered the LTO to coordinate with other government agencies to intensify the conduct of screening of vehicles going to and from NCR Plus bubble.