‘Paano magkaka social-distancing?’ Jepneys banned in Iloilo City amid enhanced quarantine

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Mayor Jerry Treñas has ordered a halt to the operation of passenger jeepneys while Iloilo City is on an enhanced community quarantine against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) until April 14.

Social distancing is very difficult to carry out in public utility vehicles, specifically the passenger jeepneys, said Treñas.

The objective of social distancing is to reduce the probability of contact between persons carrying an infection, and others who are not infected, so as to minimize disease transmission, morbidity and ultimately, mortality. (

But, Treñas said that jeepneys delivering agricultural products to and from the city could ply the city’s streets.

Only the following public utility vehicles are allowed to transport passengers because social distancing in them is possible: buses, taxis, tricycles, and pedicabs.

Tricycles and pedicabs, however, could only pass local roads, not national roads, the city mayor noted.