Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Zambo, Rural Transit prepare for resumption of provincial travel

EXECUTIVES FROM the Zamboanga City Integrated Bus Terminal and the Rural Transit Mindanao have met and discussed the preparation for the resumption of travel between provinces, and other matters, including health protocols among passengers.

Zamboanga Supervising Transportation Regulation Officer Rafael Derick Garcellano Evangelista III and Rural Transit Mindanao officials headed by Pagadian Branch Manager German Avenido meet for preparation of the resumption of provincial travel.  (Eldrich Uy)

Zamboanga Supervising Transportation Regulation Officer Rafael Derick Garcellano Evangelista III and Rural Transit Mindanao officials headed by Pagadian Branch Manager German Avenido held the meeting at the terminal’s office. 

Evangelista said the meeting centered on the preparatory activities, coordination, and health protocols in case the provincial and city borders will be opened to allow interprovincial or straight bus travel tentatively scheduled for January 16, 2021 as proposed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). 

He said the final plans to open up the border to a point-to-point (P2P) straight interprovincial travel is still tentative and subject to review and concurrence between the LTFRB, local governments and bus companies. 

Evangelista said Avenido has discussed how the Rural Transit Mindanao will schedule bus trips, provision of number of buses per route, and rates. He said they are waiting for the LTFRB to convene all stakeholders to another meeting as this would provide information to all on how the agency intends to implement the P2P. 

“The Zamboanga City Integrated Bus Terminal is prepared for the resumption of provincial travels and we have been strictly implementing the health protocols set by the authorities,” Evangelista said. 

Also in the meeting were other Rural Transit Mindanao officials Roland Aballe, Tata Abasolo, and Efren dela Cruz, and Ronie delos Reyes and Richard Lim who were with Evangelista. 

Rural Transit Mindanao said: “We make sure you're safe on your trip following the New Normal. So we are asking all passengers to follow the safety protocols that we have implemented so that we can avoid Covid-19.”

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed provincial buses in point-to-point (P2P) routes to resume operations, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

He said the resumption of provincial bus operations was approved under IATF Resolution No. 88.

“Provincial buses in point-to-point routes approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the local government unit of destination, including their stop-over or transit terminals may resume their operations,” Roque said, quoting the resolution.

He said P2P provincial buses will be allowed unhampered passage through the different local governments en route to the destination.

The Department of Transportation, through the LTFRB, is directed to craft the necessary operational guidelines. Since June 1, the LTFRB gradually allowed the resumption of services of more modern jeepneys, P2P buses, UV Express units, taxis, transport network vehicle services, provincial buses.

The LTFRB also reminded passengers, drivers, ticket conductors, and operators to always wear face mask and face shield, refrain from talking, eating in public transport, maintain proper ventilation of the vehicle, regular disinfection, bar anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, and to always follow the “one-seat-apart” physical distancing rule. (Zamboanga Post)

 

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