Bus firm distributes face masks, hygiene kits free

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By Gerry Lee Gorit, Correspondent
February 5, 2020

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC) has tightened its preventive measures against the spread of novel Corona Virus (2019 nCoV) in all its passenger terminals and offices nationwide.

Celer Estologa, legal and media relations manager of the YGBC head office in Mindanao, said YGBC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President Leo Rey Yanson earlier issued a directive mandating all its branches nationwide to distribute face masks and hygience kits free to all its passengers, including its employees.

Estologa said the directive of the younger Yanson is in compliance to the Memorandum Circular 2020-005 of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The LTRFB in its circular mandated all public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and conductors to properly wear face masks at all times while on duty and for all franchise holders to ensure compliance.

"All terminal operators were likewise directed to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness in their premises— to provide face masks as well as disinfectants or sanitizer for free use of passengers," said the LTRFB in its circular.

He said that immediately after receiving the LTFRB circular, the younger Yanson ordered the distribution of ordinary face masks and N95 masks to all its passengers nationwide for free, including hygiene kits such as sanitizers and alcohol.

"We started distributing the face masks to all our employees and passengers in the first week of February this year," Estologa said.

He said the YGBC has worked in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) in regard to the distribution of face masks to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

"For as long as naa pa ni nga virus, kami andam nga mohatag ani nga mga preventive measures," said Estologa.

Meanwhile, LTFRB Regional Director Aminoden D. Guro of Region 10 said that his agency also distributed face masks to passenger terminals free.

Guro also ensured that bus companies are compying with the latest instruction of LTFRB bus drivers and conductors to wear face masks.

He said face masks have been distributed for free in public terminals in Gingoog City, a component city in Misamis Oriental, Iligan City, and in Agora and Bulua passenger terminal in Cagayan de Oro.


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