The new normal may seem like something we all never thought could happen. The truth, however, is completely different.

For some of us, we probably have been living it already. For others, it will likely be coming soon. Nonetheless, the new normal is a future we all must learn to live to survive.

With that being said, here in the Philippines, there are a couple of changes one should take note of as we begin our transition to the new normal.

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According to the latest proposal from the Department of Land and Transportation (DOTr), with the approval of The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and health officials, the public will see an increase in ridership when it comes to public transportation. This will be done by optimizing and reducing the physical distance between commuters.

Of course, this will be done slowly but surely, as was assured by Secretary Arthur Tugade in which he states: “There is a need to safely optimize the carrying capacity of the various public transport modes as Metro Manila and its adjacent areas continue with the transition towards the “new normal” where more workers are expected to return to their re-opened workplaces and more businesses are expected to resume operations that were stopped during the enforcement of strict quarantine measures.”

In general, these strict measures will still include the mandatory wearing of face masks, face shields, and prohibiting passengers from talking and taking phone calls while onboard any public vehicles. Physical distancing measures have also started to be reduced since September 14 to 0.75 meters from the initial 1 meter between passengers and was gradually reduced to 0.5 meters after 2 weeks, and to 0.3 meters after another 2 weeks – to which where we’re currently at.

The following are the latest updates commuters can expect during the new normal.

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For railway lines, here is the “Adjusted Passenger Capacity of Railway Lines Based on Reduced Physical Distancing”:


1 meter: 155

0.75 meter: 204

0.5 meter: 255

0.3 meter: 300


1 meter: 160

0.75 meter: 212

0.5 meter: 274

0.3 meter: 502


1 meter: 153

0.75 meter: 204

0.5 meter: 255

0.3 meter: 286


1 meter: 166

0.75 meter: 184

0.5 meter: 256

0.3 meter: 320

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For Class 2 modern Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) and buses, physical distancing will follow the general strict measures along with the safety measures inside the vehicle which means standing passengers may be considered.

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For airlines and ferries, some strict measures will also be followed which means there will be more passengers that will be allowed to enter airports and seaports. This also applies to roll-on-roll-off passenger vehicles.

These changes will certainly be difficult to adjust to in the beginning especially for commuters. However, it’s something we all have to abide in not just for our health and safety, but for those around us including our loved ones.

Here at RedDoorz, we believe that these strict measures will help us get through this pandemic together safely. That is why we also do our part in making sure that all of our hotels all across the world follow and comply with all safety guidelines. This is to provide all of our guests with the best and most safe environment for their travels. You can visit our website and social media accounts to know more about this.



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