GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Apr. 9 (PIA) -- The city government of General Santos started the implementation Monday of the Unified Vehicular Reduction System (UVRS) otherwise known as "Odd-Even Scheme" aimed at limiting the movement of vehicles, thereby preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the city.
The scheme is in accordance with Executive Order No. 24, series of 2020, which placed the entire city of General Santos on an Enhanced Community Quarantine.
According to Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera, private vehicles shall only be allowed to travel within the city on days in which they are allowed to.
Under the EO, vehicles with plates ending in odd numbers are allowed to travel only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while plates ending in even numbers are allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Types of vehicles covered in the scheme are private four-wheel vehicles, motorcycles, tricycles and other three-wheeler vehicles, trucks, buses and public utility vehicles, and any vehicle used as service vehicle for purposes covered by the Home Quarantine Pass.
Rivera also clarified that private vehicles carrying essential workers to and from work in establishments allowed to operate as per EO No. 21, s. of 2020, "are likewise exempted provided proper identification is made with the checkpoints/control points."
City Administrator Arnel Zapatos, said the exemption is also based on the purpose and not on the type of vehicle, especially that companies are obliged to ferry their own employees to work.
"Ang checkpoints, i-check mo kung tinuod ba ang inyong lakaw (The checkpoints will check if your travel is essential)," he explained.
The executive order also underlines the precautionary measures to be strictly followed whenever going out for essential travel within the city, such as wearing of face masks, helmets for motorcycle riders, observing social distancing and following the Department of Transportation guidelines for the allowed number of passengers.
And though riding in tandem is also not allowed following the guidelines of the National Inter-agency Task Force, Zapatos however said that motorcycle drivers are only allowed to carry one passenger if they had to ferry an essential worker. (Harlem Jude Ferolino/PIA-Gensan)