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Provincial buses may resume ops in next couple of weeks — LTFRB exec

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is expediting the resumption of the operation of provincial buses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interviewed on GMA News’ Unang Balita on Wednesday, LTFRB National Capital Region director Atty. Zona Russet Tamayo said the provincial bus operations may resume in the next couple of weeks.

“Wala pang specific date, but we're trying to facilitate, expedite din po ang pagbubukas ng provincial buses hopefully in the next couple of weeks,” Tamayo said.

“Sisimulan natin sa mga probinsya na malapit sa Metro Manila, katulad po ng Regions III and IV (A and B). Then eventually, mag-ease out sa mas malalayong regions naman po,” she added.

Tamayo said the LTFRB is still coordinating with concerned local government units  to create a uniform set of requirements for passengers who will be allowed to travel across different regions.

According to her, some LGUs have different suggestions about the requirement.

Tamayo said the possible requirements are travel clearance from the local government where the passengers come from, clearance from the Philippine National Police, and government-issued ID.

Only 50% capacity of provincial buses will be allowed in compliance with the protocol of the national government, Tamayo said.

Despite the reduced capacity, Tamayo said the existing fare shall be maintained.

On Monday, LTFRB Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon Jr. said the agency is ironing out the guidelines on the resumption of provincial bus operations— Joviland Rita/RSJ, GMA News