221 Buses now allowed to ply seven routes between Manila, Western Visayas

Effective today
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Provincial buses headed for Western Visayas will resume operations starting today, November 18, 2020, as restrictions ease on the eighth month of quarantine.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) opened seven routes for 221 provincial buses that will ferry passengers between Metro Manila and Western Visayas. Check out the complete list below:

Manila–Western Visayas bus routes as of November 18, 2020

  1. Kalibo, Aklan—Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal, Laguna
  2. Malay, Aklan—Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal, Laguna
  3. San Jose, Antique—Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal, Laguna
  4. Roxas City, Capiz—Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal, Laguna
  5. Estancia, Iloilo—Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal, Laguna
  6. Iloilo City, Iloilo—Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal, Laguna
  7. Miag-Ao, Iloilo—Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal, Laguna

There will be no fare increase for these provincial buses, the LTFRB said.

Roadworthy public utility vehicles with valid Certificates of Public Convenience (CPC) or Application for Extension of Validity will be permitted to resume limited operations. All approved PUV units must have a registered Personal Passenger Insurance Policy.

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In addition, each unit must have a QR code printed on short bond paper plastered inside the vehicle. Requests for QR codes can be coursed through the LTFRB Facebook page and must contain the following details: name, mode, case (PUJ, UVE, and so on), and plate or chassis number.

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Public-transport users are urged to follow the seven commandments for commuters to keep themselves safe from the virus during their travels. These include the mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields, frequent disinfection, and observance of proper social distance at all times. Operators must ensure that PUV units have proper ventilation.

Passengers are barred from eating or talking, and those with COVID-19 symptoms will be banned from boarding. Violation of the provisions will result in fines and revocation of CPC or Provisional Authority.

Check out the official LTFRB announcement below:

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NOTE: This article first appeared on . Minor edits have been made.

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PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño
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