By Warren Elijah Valdez
SULTAN KUDARAT – Bus operations in Davao Oriental resumed Monday, June 1, as the province started opening its provincial borders for both private and public vehicles.
This, as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Region 11 (LTFRB-11) announced the schedule of trips, and identified the routes of bus trips from Davao City to the provinces of Davao del Sur, Davao de Oro, and Davao Oriental on May 30.
According to the LTFRB guidelines, there will only be one bus trip for each identified route per day. The entry of the buses coming from Davao City to the provincial borders will only be allowed from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The limited trips of the buses were imposed to regulate the movement of people as well as a move to minimize the possibility of exposing the public to contracting the virus.
LTFRB 11 has assigned three routes in the province with identified stops and drop-off points.
These routes include: (1) Davao City to the municipality of Governor Generoso with three identified drop-off points – municipalities of Banaybanay, Lupon, and San Isidro.; (2) Davao City to the municipality of Caraga with drop-off points – Mati, Tarragona, and Manay; (3) Davao City to the municipality of Boston with municipalities of Baganga and Cateel as its drop-off points.
“So there will be a total of six trips – three routes from Davao City going to Davao Oriental and three from Davao Oriental going to Davao City,” said LTFRB-11 Director Armand Dioso.
He added that the trips from Davao City going to Davao Oriental will only stop at designated terminals.
Dioso also noted that there will be no picking-up and dropping-off of passengers other than at the designated drop-off points identified by the agency.
Moreover, Bachelor Express was designated as the only bus company that could operate for the trips from Davao City to Davao Oriental.