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City bus system trial to push through: Sara

January 12, 2019 - Saturday 4:01 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

DAVAO CITY -- The implementation of the six initial routes of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) in this city will push through this year as planned.

Mayor Sara Duterte made this statement in an interview, saying the city government is now preparing the six initial routes that will serve as trial for the HPBS.

The mayor had earlier said the project is taking a backseat after Congress failed to pass the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019.

The HPBS is the lone project pushed by the city government for national funding. Its full implementation thus depends on the approval of the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Kung dili mapasa ang GAA walay kwarta (If the GAA is not passed then we won’t have the money),” the mayor said in an earlier interview.

But on Thursday night, Sara said the trial run of the HPBS “will push through, probably on the second quarter of the year.”

“It will start with the six routes that we have earlier announced,” she said.
The six routes are the following:

  1. Catalunan Grande to Ma-a via Diversion Road

  2. Mintal, to Bangkal drop-off point, to SM City Davao drop-off point along Quimpo Boulevard, to San Pedro Street drop-off point, to Bankerohan, to Matina, and then back to Mintal

  3. Cabantian, to Buhangin, and to Agdao via Cabaguio

  4. Ma-a to Buhangin via Diversion Road

  5. Toril to Ulas drop-off point, to Matina Crossing drop-off point, to Matina Aplaya, to SM City Davao, to Matina Crossing, and then back to Toril

  6. the mall-to-mall point

The mayor said the city needs the HPBS to answer the worsening traffic congestion in the city.

Plans for the livelihood programs for the sectors affected by the implementation of the HPBS are also on the roll as the city conducts forums for jeepney drivers and operators.

Last year, the City Traffic Transportation Management Office (CTTMO) conducted a survey during the free bus rides on the Kadayawan season.

CTTMO head Dionisio Abude said the free bus rides gained positive feedback from the public.

Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 11 Regional Director lawyer Cattleya Acaylar said her office fully supports the step of the city to implement the bus system.

“We fully support the bus system that the City Government of Davao is planning to implement. LTFRB will work hand in hand with the city government on this,” she said.

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