(UPDATE) WITH students returning to schools for their face-to-face classes, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has launched a "Libreng Sakay" program.

According to acting MMDA chairman Carlo Dimayuga 3rd, seven buses and two military trucks will be used to ferry commuters from Doña Carmen in Commonwealth Avenue to Mabuhay Rotunda which marks the boundary between the cities of Manila and Quezon City.

The free rides will run during peak hours or from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

Aside from helping commuters with their mobility, Dimayuga said the Libreng Sakay is also aimed at helping ease congestion on Commonwealth Avenue during rush hours.

"Ang peak dito is around 5:30 kaya tayo nagdagdag tayo ng dalawang bagong bus, tuloy-tuloy po 'yan and wala pa tayong plano na itigil (The peaks of the traffic is at around 5:30 so we added two more buses. It will be running continuously and we won't be stopping anytime soon)," Dimayuga said.

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Dimayuga said that the program is expected to serve up to 600 passengers daily.