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Libreng Sakay 24/7 operations on EDSA Busway to start December 1 —DOTr

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday said the 24/7 operations for the free rides on EDSA Busway will start on an earlier date, December 1, 2022.

Initially, the 24/7 operations of Libreng Sakay were scheduled on December 15.

In a statement, the DOTr said Secretary Jaime Bautista directed the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to implement the 24/7 operations earlier.

"Ang inisyatibong ito ng DOTr at LTFRB ay paraan upang siguruhin na may masasakyan ang lahat ng ating mga pasahero beyond the usual operating hours sa EDSA Busway,” he said.

(This initiative of the DOTr and the LTFRB is to ensure that passengers can travel beyond the usual operating hours on EDSA Busway.)

The 24/7 operations of Libreng Sakay are in light of the expected influx of passengers during the Christmas season and the adjusted mall hours in Metro Manila  from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

According to the DOTr, the LTFRB will issue a Board Resolution  to formalize the December 1 implementation under the Service Contracting Program.

On August 16, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) provided P1.4 billion additional funds to extend the free rides on EDSA Busway. — Joviland Rita/RSJ, GMA Integrated News