Many commuters have become reliant on TNVS as their primary means of transportation. Ever since the quarantines have been put in place, they have virtually become non-existent. Today we got some good news: soon you'll again be able to book a ride with your preferred ride-hailing services.

In a recent press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) can now resume operations in GCQ areas. This means that if you have Grab, Angkas, or any other TNVS-related services in your area, you'll be able to book a ride to get to your destination more easily.

Aside from TNVS, areas that will be put under GCQ will also allow having other forms of public transportation. These include buses, jeepneys, taxis, tricycles, as well as public shuttle services. As for areas that are still placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), the government has yet to allow these forms of public transportation to operate.

TNVS to be permitted under GCQ areas image

What are only allowed to operate in areas under ECQ are public shuttles for front liners. Meanwhile, industries that will reopen under MECQ can use shuttle buses to transport their workers to and from their homes. This, along with tricycles, will be subject to exceptions to DILG/LGU guidelines.

“Ang mga public shuttle po ay dapat ibigay ng mga kumpanya. Kung pagmamay-ari po ng kumpanya wala na pong kinakailangan na permits sa LTFRB. Pero kung sila po ay uupa ng shuttle, kinakailangan po nila kumuha ng permit sa LTFRB.

[Public shuttles must be provided by companies. If the company owns the vans, they are not required to get permits from the LTFRB. But if they want to rent a shuttle, they must obtain a permit from the LTFRB.]

With TNVS set to be allowed to operate once more starting May 16, those living in GCQ areas will be able to book a ride to get to their intended destination. The LTFRB reminded citizens living in GCQ areas, however, that all must follow strict health protocols, as well as follow the minimum health standards to avoid spreading/catching the contagious disease.