Persons with disabilities welcome PWD-friendly bus

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The point-to-point (P2P) premium bus service for persons with disabilities (PWDs) completed its first trip from Quezon City to Makati on Thursday morning (February 18).

The bus has low floors, and a built-in ramp to make it easier for PWDs to get on and off the vehicle.

It has room for eight wheelchairs and can accommodate 39 passengers.

There are two trips for the P2P bus, one from Quezon City to Ortigas and another from Quezon City to Makati.

This is the only PWD-friendly P2P bus for now, but operator Busline Froehlich Tours plans to add three more in March and shoots for a total of 60 units soon.

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Abaya said the agency mulls requiring 10 percent of all units of bus companies to be PWD-friendly.

PWDs: Some regular bus drivers not PWD-friendly

Abner Manlapaz and Eunice Factor, both paraplegics, said they enjoyed the ride.

Both said they welcome this new transport innovation for PWDs because some regular bus drivers do not even bother to stop for them.

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The fare to Ortigas for regular passengers is P40, but senior citizens and PWDs get a discounted rate of P30.

For Makati-bound commuters, the fare is P55 for regular passengers and P45 for senior citizens and PWDs.