LTFRB reopens free ride program for medical frontliners, essential workers, APORs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) — Medical frontliners and others who need to travel outside their home can again avail of the government's Libreng Sakay program.

"Ngayong araw, nagsimula nang magbigay ng Libreng Sakay sa iba't-ibang ruta sa Metro Manila, Region 1, Region 2 at Region 10," said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in an advisory Monday.

[Translation: Today, Libreng Sakay will be offered in different routes in Metro Manila, Region 1, Region 2 and Region 10.]

The government implemented the free ride program to help commuters and drivers recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the LTFRB has only released ₱1.5 billion of the ₱5.6 billion budget for the program as of end-June. 

Under the program, the government compensates drivers and operators contracted to give free rides to the public.

READ: Free rides, service contracting to resume for 3-4 months with 2021 budget — LTFRB

The routes for the Libreng Sakay program are as follows:

National Capital Region

1) Alabang - Zapote

2) Baclaran - NAIA Baltao

3) Buendia - PITX

4) Cubao (Diamond) - Roces (PANTRANCO)

5) Cubao Rosario - Sta. Lucia

6) EDSA Busway

7) Gasak - Divisoria

8 ) Gasak - Recto

9) Lagro - QMC

10) Munoz - Quiapo

11) Nichols - MOA

12) Nichols - Vito Cruz

13) Novaliches - Malinta via Paso De Blas and vice versa

14) Parang Marikina - Cubao

15) Pasig Palengke - Bagumbayan via San Joaquin

16) QMC Loop

17) Quezon Avenue - 5th Avenue LRT

Ilocos Region

1) Dagupan City - Bambang

2) Urdaneta - Tayug via Asingan

3) Vigan - Sinait

Cagayan Valley

1) Ilagan - Cauayan

Northern Mindanao

1) Cagayan De Oro City - Kapatagan and vice versa

2) Cagayan De Oro City - San Fernando

Passengers are reminded to follow all health and safety protocols while using public transportation.