Buses and Vans Expected to Resume Operations after Christmas or until Companies are Ready
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced in a press conference held today (Wednesday) December 23, 2020 that the operation of provincial buses and UV express vans is expected to resume after Christmas or until the companies are ready with their triage.
According to Mayor Magalong, the LTFRB-CAR, members of the Baguio City Traffic and Transportation Technical Working Group and the representatives from the operators shall complete all the required inspections of the vehicles that will be allowed in the approved routes.
However, depending on the situation of the COVID-19 cases in the city and from the approved places of origin, it is stated the initial arrangements agreed upon can still be changed at anytime.
While there will be unlimited trips going outside the city, depending on the conditions imposed by the local governments; eight busses and vans will initially be allowed to enter the city.
Here are approved routes as listed by the Public Information Office of the City of Baguio (PIO Baguio):
- National Capital Region (NCR)
- Mariveles, Bataan
- San Fernando City, Clark and Mabalacat City, Pampanga
- Cabanatuan city, Nueva Ecija
- Lingayen, San Carlos City and Villasis, Pangasinan
- Bontoc, Mountain Province
And here are the some of the agreed rules as made public by the PIO Baguio:
- Each of the bus companies and van associations are required to put up their own triages in their points of origin
- Passengers must present their negative antigen or swab test results two hours before boarding the buses and vans that will be allowed to ply the different routes
- Talking, eating and drinking during the duration of the travel is highly discouraged
- Buses and vans will be provided with QR codes that will be printed in short bond paper and posted in the windshield of the vehicles
- Bus and van operators were tasked to coordinate with the concerned local governments of their destination
On December 14, 2020, the Public Information Office of the City of Baguio announced that ten (10) Local Governments Units 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.
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Source: Public Information Office – City of Baguio
Related: 10 LGUs to Open Borders for Baguio PUVs, However