BACOLOD

Yanson matriarch: Transcending crisis through compassion

ANOTHER heart with compassion towards our medical personnel who are currently in the frontline of war against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) transcends.

As a nurse by profession, the 86-year-old Yanson matriarch, Olivia V. Yanson (OVY), has recognized the need to assist frontliners in delivering the necessary services needed by the public during this pandemic.

"This is a difficult time for our frontliners. While most people are in their homes, medical personnel are risking their lives to help end this crisis," she said.

Thus, responding to this need, their company Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) has extended some of its buses to the City Government of Bacolod to transport frontliners as well as other essential workers.

VTI, the biggest bus firm in the country, assigned 21 Ceres bus units to be used during the entire Enhanced Community Quarantine period which started March 30 until April 14.

These are on top of the four buses already utilized by frontliners at the city's check-up points.

Under the ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine, mass transport mainly public utility vehicles are suspended.

Bus service is available from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. with frontliners and other essential workers allowed to ride for free but must show identification.

Buses can also be used by non-frontliners but they must pay P10 and are required to show their home quarantine pass.

Three buses are designated at each of the city's seven bus stops, with the point of origin being the San Sebastian Cathedral and Police Station 1.

For her part, OVY expressed hopes that "we can all overcome this for as long as there's compassion on each one of us."

The Yanson matriarch also assures that the company will continue to open its doors to its stakeholders especially in the most trying times.

"It is really compassion that will enable us to win this battle," OVY said, as she also expressed optimism that "in this little way of VTI, frontliners, our modern heroes, would feel that they are being cared, valued and appreciated."


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