By Nehmia Elyxa Relano

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During the tight enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, the Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to build up public transit demands through its Libreng Sakay Program that offers free rides to Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR). 

The Libreng Sakay Program aims to ease the APORs' burden while public transit is constrained due to the implementation of the ECQ in the National Capital Region (NCR) and its neighboring provinces. 

“This is the PNP’s way of reaching out to citizens by providing mobility and other extended services to APORs so that they could attend to their work with convenience even while the ECQ is in effect,” PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said. 

Eleazar added that the health and safety protocols are strictly being observed in its free transportation program. 

Furthermore, the PNP will also provide personal protective gear versus COVID-19 and bottled waters to the passengers aside from free rides.

The program is now traversing 10 routes within Metro Manila and nearby provinces daily, beginning 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The routes are as follows:

a. Central Terminal (Manila City Hall) to Quezon Avenue MRT 3 and vice-versa; b. Camp Crame to “Tungko” San Jose Del Monte Bulacan (via Commonwealth Ave.) and vice-versa; c. Camp Crame to Rodriguez Rizal (via Litex) and vice-versa; d. Camp Crame to Taytay (via Ortigaz) and vice-versa; e. Camp Crame to Meycauayan, Bulacan (via Mc Arthur Highway) and vice versa; f. Camp Crame to Antipolo City and vice-versa; g. Pasay to Monumento (EDSA) North Bound and vice-versa; h. Monumento to Pasay Taft (EDSA) South Bound and vice-versa; i. Camp Crame to Zapote, Bacoor, Cavite and vice-versa; and j. Camp Crame to Novaliches and vice-versa.

In addition, Metro Manila will remain under ECQ until August 20, as part of measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant, which has been on the rise.