Baguio City ready for inter-regional bus operations

Published December 1, 2020, 12:23 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Benjamin Magalong said passengers relying on the operation of provincial buses in moving in and out of the city can avail of the inter-regional transport soon once the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has given the go-signal for the resumption of their operations.

Benjamin Magalong (JJ Landingin / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Mayor Benjamin Magalong (JJ Landingin / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Magalong said that for the initial operation of inter-regional buses, only four buses from the approved routes will be allowed to enter the city as part of the efforts to gradually allow the operation of provincial buses.

He said he will be sending a formal letter to the LTFRB central office seeking the regulatory body’s approval for the operation of provincial buses in five destinations that have the concurrence of the receiving local governments, particularly the National Capital Region (NCR), Bataan, San Fernando City and Clark in Pampanga, and Bontoc, Mountain Province.

The discussion on the possible resumption of inter-regional bus operations started because of the huge demand for mass public transportation coupled with the need to encourage the movement of people as part of the efforts of the government to gradually revive the economy to generate added jobs and spur economic activities.

Magalong stipulated that the initial operation of provincial buses can be a basis to evaluate and assess the effectivity of the prescribed protocols so that appropriate adjustments could be done to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city once it will ease up on the inter-regional bus operations.

He urged the LTFRB and the Baguio City Traffic and Transportation Technical Working Group to iron out the issues that must be addressed prior to the resumption of the operation of provincial buses to prevent confusion among the concerned stakeholders once buses start moving in and out of the city. 

 
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