MANILA – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced the opening of 12 modified provincial bus routes to Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon effective immediately.
Under Memorandum Circular 2020-051, LTFRB said bus companies concerned may resume operations provided they have valid Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or application for Validity Extension their units have a personal passenger insurance policy.
For Central Luzon the modified route is between Araneta Center in Cubao (Quezon City) and San Fernando City in Pampanga. For Southern Tagalog the routes are between the Parañaque (City) Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx) and Batangas City, Lemery, Batangas, Lipa and Nasugbu – all in Batangas; Tagaytay City, Ternate, Indang, and Mendez – all in Cavite; and Calamba City, Siniloan, and Sta. Cruz, Laguna – all in Lagyna.
The LTRB said passenger drop offs and pickup in any section of the routes are prohibited except in the designated stopover points and terminals where the bus will last stop.
Authorities will monitor public vehicles via the agency’s global navigation satellite system. Passengers need to secure a travel authority/pass from the Philippine National Police near the terminal, a written consent allowing the LGU to subject them to Covid-19 testing or quarantine if needed, bring with them their valid ID card, and other documents required by the LGU or the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
The agency said both drivers and passengers need to follow strictly the protocols set by IATF-EID, including wearing face mask and face shield, carrying and using alcohol and sanitizer, and physical distancing.
Also prohibited are eating, drinking, talking with other passengers and taking calls from cellphones while inside the public vehicle. A passenger also needs to get his/her trip ticket two days prior to the date of travel via an online platform or at the bus terminal itself.
The resumption of bus operations in the areas identified has the approval of the local government units (LGUs) concerned and along the routes after a “comprehensive agency engagement” with stakeholders and players.