As quarantine restrictions start easing up amid this COVID-19 pandemic, more public-transportation routes across the country are starting to reopen as well. The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), for example, has just announced that its trips to the Bicol region are now once again available.
This announcement follows the recent reopening of borders in Tabaco, Tiwi, and Legazpi City in Albay. Of course, there are a number of strict guidelines that both travelers and PUV operators must follow.
All travelers must present a company, APOR, or government-issued ID upon boarding.
Minors, meanwhile, must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian, or if traveling alone, they must have a permit issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
In addition, a negative antigen test result released strictly from the PITX Antigen Testing Facility on the exact travel date is required to be allowed travel. The facility is located at the PITX third-floor parking area and is open from 12pm to 5pm. Testing is available for all passengers, including those not bound for Bicol. Antigen tests cost P850 each and results are released 30 minutes after.
Lastly, all passengers must book their rides at least 48 hours ahead of time. For booking, they may reserve their trips directly through the following bus operators:
For trips to Tabaco (departure at 7pm daily)
- Bicol Isarog – (0948) 941-1105 or (0931) 999-1902
- Antonina Line – (0995) 487-3471 or (0977) 772-4328
- Bragais Liner: (0917) 538-2852 or (0918) 922-0743 or (0905) 667-4395
- Philtranco-Amihan: (0917) 508-9728 or (0960) 863-9719
- Mark Eves Transit: (0968) 625-0356 or (0906) 474-3160
- DLTB: (0933) 824-7130
- ALPS (tentative): (0939) 925-2460
For trips to Legazpi (departure at 8pm daily)
- ALPS (aircon): (0939) 925-2460
- Bragais (non-aircon): (0917) 538-2852 or (0918) 922-0743 or (0905) 667-4395
- Antonina (non-aircon): (0995) 487-3471 or (0977) 772-4328
- DLTB (aircon): (0933) 824-7130
For trips to Tiwi (departure at 6pm daily)
- Antonina Line – (0906) 654-4054 or (0935) 405-1521
“PITX is committed to helping the economy recover by opening new routes in close coordination with our partners from the local government. And of course, we will do this with safety as our number one priority,” said PITX corporate affairs and government relations head Jason Salvador.