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No provincial buses yet in Davao City

May 24, 2020 - Sunday 6:05 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image HIGHWAY GUIDE. A member of the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) guides an elderly woman cross a street in Matina, Davao City. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY — No provincial buses will operate in the city as the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has yet to issue special permits to the bus companies.

According to City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) head Dionisio Abude, the LTFRB has yet to issue special permits to bus companies as of Saturday even though the city, along with the rest of Region 11, are now under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Abude said one of the reasons behind the non-issuance of special permits is that other provinces are “not prepared” to accept Davao City residents.

“As per information from LTFRB, it has yet to issue special permits to the bus companies because the other LGUs are not yet prepared to accept passengers from Davao City,” he said.

Abude said based on their meeting with the LTFRB, only LGUs outside of Davao City will have buses operational.

Mayor Sara Duterte had earlier said other LGUs in the region have asked for more time to prepare their respective areas before the borders within the region are opened.

But while the buses have yet to operate in the city, jeepneys are now back on the road as the LTFRB has issued more than 2,000 special permits as of May 22 to the jeepney drivers and operators.

Abude said the requirements for the jeepney drivers to operate are the special permit from LTFRB and the installed barriers to observe social distancing.

“If they have special permits and they have already installed barriers, then they can get back on the road,” he said.

After the city was put under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) no mass transportation was allowed to operate in the city.