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Free GPS devices, bus tracking app for Cebu buses, mini buses
By: Mylen Manto | Published Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The Cebu Provincial Government will adopt modern technology to monitor the locations and conditions of the buses and mini buses in the Province through global positioning system (GPS) devices and a mobile application.

The GPS devices and bus tracking application offered for free by RideHero Inc. (RHI) will also be used for Capitol’s service vehicles.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, representing the Province of Cebu, and RHI CEO Michael Cubos signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) Monday, December 21 for the use of bus tracking application developed by RHI.

Another MOA was also entered into by the bus and mini bus operators of Cebu and RHI.

Bus and mini bus operators expressed their gratitude to the governor for the free use of the bus tracking application which is beneficial for them and the riding public.

Through the application called “Cebu LETS GO,” commuters will know the scheduled departure of the buses and mini buses from the terminals, their routes, and offered amenities such as air conditioning units, WiFi connection, and CCTV cameras.

They will also know of any delays in the arrival of the buses or mini buses to the terminal because RHI will provide bus information displays and kiosks in the Cebu North and South Bus Terminals. 

“It’s about time we emerge from the dark ages nga nagmano-mano ta, nagwido-wido ta. Naa naman gyud ning technological advancement nga makatabang nato sa atong mga decision makings, sa atong mga policy and control kay mao man nay importante nato,” Garcia stated.

Aside from the mobile application, the RHI will also provide sim cards and monthly load for free. 

Under the MOA, the RHI is allowed to install GPS devices of the Province’s vehicles as well as the buses and mini-buses plying the province route.

The Provincial Capitol is also free to access RHI’s fleet management system application for the monitoring of the vehicles’ location and gasoline consumption.

“So, mao ni ang GPS nga possible nga pwede nato ibutang sa inyong mga bus provided ni siya free of charge. Pasalamat ni Gov Gwen for this nga malibre siya sa inyoha. Even the load ani kada buwan, libre na siya nga i-provide,” Cubos stated. 

Cubos said they will also integrate the solutions of Topline Hi-Tech Synergy Corporation into their application. Topline and the Capitol previously entered into an agreement for the automated ticketing system in the South Bus Terminal. 

RHI’s bus tracking application is also beneficial to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) because they can receive real-time data if the buses and mini buses go beyond their speed limit, do trip-cutting, or go beyond their route.

Primrose Kong, one of the officials of the Cebu South Transport Operators Cooperative, said there is a big difference between the technology they are currently using and the one offered by RHI.

She added they are paying P500 per month for their current GPS device from the LTRFB.

Earlier, LTFRB-7 director Eduardo Montealto, Jr. said that once the RHI starts their operations after securing the accreditation from their Central Office, the bus operators with their GPS provider may stop using the devices. 

Cubos said RHI will start installing GPS devices in buses and mini buses in the second week of January 2021. (Mylen Manto)