LTFRB reviews resumption of provincial bus operations, may issue guidelines within the week — DOTr

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14)— The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is ironing out the protocols and guidelines for the resumption of provincial bus operations, an official from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Monday.

Inaayos na po ng LTFRB ‘yan, and I think, baka po within the week ay maglabas na po ang LTFRB po ng kanilang guidelines para diyan,” DOTr Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon Jr. said during the government’s Laging Handa briefing, when asked for a timeline on the resumption of the provincial bus services.

[Translation: LTFRB is ironing this out, and I think, perhaps within the week the LTFRB will release the guidelines for that.]

But Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Spokesperson Celine Pialago said it is not yet clear as to when provincial buses will be allowed to travel routes again.

Kami po ay nag-aantay lamang po kung ano po ang ibababa ng IATF (inter-Agency Task Force). [….] Wala pa pong maliwanag na balita kung kailan po makakabalik ang provincial buses,” she told CNN Philippines.

[Translation: We’re just awaiting orders from the IATF. (….) We don’t know when provincial buses will be able to resume operations.]

Provincial buses were earlier banned from plying the roads amid COVID-19 lockdown measures imposed in majority of the country.

In line with the relaxing of quarantine measures, transportation authorities have also been gradually easing the ban on public transport services, with more jeepneys allowed on the roads.

More than a thousand jeepneys plying 28 routes in Metro Manila recently received the green light to operate again starting on Monday, according to LTFRB’s latest advisory.