THE CAMP of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno thanked Interior Secretary Eduardo Año for defending the mayor’s decision to utilize e-tricycles or e-trikes for the purpose of ferrying the city’s health workers to and from work.
Secretary to the mayor Bernie Ang said that Año was correct in stating that the e-trikes in Manila City were utilized for the sole purpose of providing mobility for the city’s frontline health workers and take them to the hospitals where they are assigned.
Ang said they have learned that Año explained in a press conference why the national government allowed the e-tricycles of Manila to operate but prohibited the ordinary tricycles from plying the streets of Pasig City, in the wake of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon where the operation of all kinds of public transportation had been suspended.
"The difference doon kay Mayor ng Manila, 'yung e-trikes, e-vehicles ay hindi pumapasada... ito ay kinomisyon ng Manila on dispatch system for the purpose of bringing health workers sa hospital. Hindi sila pumapasada, they are on dispatch system, hindi 'yung pumipick-up ka ng pasahero," Año said.
Ang said: ‘Mayor Isko Moreno hired a total of 189 electric tricycle drivers whose only job would be to ferry healthcare workers to and from work and nothing else.’
Ang added that the move is part of efforts to ensure continuous medical attention specially for patients who may be showing symptoms of the coronavirus disease.
Moreno, he said, assigned the e-trikes to ferry health personnel assigned to the six city-run hospitals namely, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo, Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Maynila,and the Sta. Ana Hospital, which houses the ‘Manila Infectious Disease Center’ which is exclusively dedicated for patients who have either been infected with or are possible carriers of the said virus.
Moreno opened the center last March 17 in an effort to contain cases related to the coronavirus in a single area to make it easier for special focus to be given to them and to prevent widespread transmission.