Valenzuela and Pasig City allows cyclists from using face shields
The Valenzuela City and Pasig City local government agreed to exempt cyclists from using face shields. In Valenzuela City, Mayor Rex Gatchalian approved Executive Order No. 2020-347, which exempts cyclists from wearing face shields, a requirement by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). According to Gatchalian, the EO aims to increase the safety, productivity, and mobility of cyclists in the city. The EO also highlights other safety protocols such as physical distancing and wearing of face shields when entering public establishments .
On the other hand, the Pasig City Transport Development and Management Office said that face shields make breathing and seeing difficult for cyclists. Since cyclists are far from other commuters, wearing face shields is not necessary when biking. However, just like in Valenzuela, the Pasig City government also asks cyclists to follow other safety protocols when in public places.
Pasig City ferry system resumes operations
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the adjusted operating schedule of the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) during the holiday season last December 25. According to the PRFS, normal operations will resume on January 2, 2021. The PRFS operates from Pasig River to Intramuros, Manila. Free rides are also offered to customers during the general community quarantine .
Skyway 3 toll-free for a month
The Metro Manila Skyway stage 3 is toll-free for the entire month of January, as announced by San Miguel Corporation Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang last December 28. San Miguel Corporation partially opened the 18-kilometer Skyway last December 29, and it is set to be fully open on January 1 . The Metro Manila Skyway 3 connects the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and shortens the travel time between Buendia and Balintawak from 2 hours to only 15 to 20 minutes.