Almost 200 buses have been deployed to serve the public transportation needs in Cebu Province – 93 buses going north, 92 for southern trips, and five for midwest Cebu.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 7 issued special permits to these buses and mini buses allowing them to operate while the province is under general community quarantine (GCQ).
All buses must observe stringent public health protocols such as 50-percent reduction in seating capacity to maintain physical distancing and the provision of a foot bath upon embarkation aside from other sanitation practices.
The Cebu Provincial Government also issued Provincial Public Utility Passes (PPUP) allowing the buses to ply the routes from Talisay City to Samboan, Balamban, Pinamungajan, Asturias, Barili, Carcar, Dumanjug, and Sibonga.
Routes going north are from Consolacion to Tabuelan, Tuburan, Bogo City, Maya in Daanbantayan, Lambusan in San Remigio via Hagnaya, and on to Bantayan Island.
For southern Cebu trips, the temporary bus terminal is situated in the Cebu South Coastal Road on the Lantaw Restaurant property offered by businessman Bunny Pages.
As for those going to the north, CityMall in Consolacion town serves as temporary terminal.
Buses deployed are from Vallacar Transit, Arellano Brothers, JS Calvo, Geral Transport, Julito and Liezl Flores Transit, CP Corominas, YSL Transportation, New Librando Transportation, Chan Transit, RLLC Bus Liner Inc., Calvo Transport Group, Cebu San Sebastian, and Cebu Provincial Operators Transport Cooperative.
The Capitol also issued PPUPs to 55 taxicabs serving Consolacion, Compostela, and Danao City.
Some 53 units are of the Kaluha Twin Trading and Services Corporation, one of Fil-Jam Taxi, and one of JLTF Taxi.
“Duna na ta’y public transport. Hinay-hinay. Gradual. Pero at least karon duna na’y masakyan nga public transport ang atong mga kaigsuonan,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced in her virtual presser last May 27. (Eleanor Valeros)