10 LGUs to Open Borders for Baguio PUVs, However
In a post of the Public Information Office (PIO) – City of Baguio today, December 14, 2020 (Monday), ten (10) Local Governments Units (LGU’s) from Luzon has agreed that as soon as all health and safety protocols have been finalized they will open their borders for Inter-regional routes, especially for Public Utility Buses and Vans, from Baguio City.
“Ten local governments in the different parts of Luzon recently concurred to open their borders for inter-regional routes, especially public utility buses and vans from Baguio City anytime as soon as all health and safety protocols have been finalized.”-Statement on the PIO-City of Baguio
10 LGU’s in Luzon
- Mariveles, Bataan
- San Fernando, Pampanga
- San Carlos, Pangasinan
- Olongapo, Zambales
- Lingayen, Pangasinan
- Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija
- Bontoc, Mt. Province
- Mabalacat, Pampanga
- National Capital Region (unrestricted)
Furthermore, the following list of LGUs was disclosed by the Chief of the Traffic and Transport Management Division of the City Engineering Office Engineer Januario Borillo.
More Details About the Opening of Borders for Baguio PUV’s
- Under the initially agreed guidelines governing the operation of inter-regional routes in the city, buses from the following areas will pass through the expressways:
- Common pick-up and drop-off points in the said 10 LGUs will be identified by the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), in coordination with the concerned LGU’s.
- Identified common pick-up and drop-off points shall provide isolation rooms with the presence of qualified medical staff in coordination with the concerned local government units.
- Pick-up or drop-off points shall be inside the respective terminals of buses and vans with a triage area for incoming passengers and provision for an isolation room/s with the prescribed open area, handwashing facility, or hand sanitizing station near a restroom, chairs, face masks, and face shields.
- No rest stops or stop-overs will be allowed.
- The use of buses with own comfort rooms will be preferred, according to a proposed rule.
- Stop-overs shall only be allowed during medical emergency cases.
- As administrative control, driver or conductor substitution shall not be allowed and pickup of passengers along the route will never be allowed.
- List of commuter and provincial bus routes shall be issued by the LTFRB upon approval of the concerned local governments in coordination with the inter-agency task force pursuant to the gradual and calibrated opening of public land transportation, according to Borillo.
- The city official stated that authorized units shall be:
- Issued the corresponding QR codes.
- Units allowed to travel shall be subject to local government and task force guidelines.
- The city shall:
- Limit the number of passengers allowed to travel to and from their jurisdiction daily.
- A corresponding number of bus units to be deployed to accommodate the allowed passengers will be based on the said number.
- Initially, eight buses per day only were allowed in the city and the entry of buses in the central triage will have an interval of at least 1 hour.
- Operators may increase the number of units they will operate upon installation and certification of the health services office on their own triage and the number of bus units per operator will be distributed proportionately among all existing authorized operators operating in the given route.
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Source: PIO-City of Baguio