PNP: Workers can ride provincial buses without a travel pass

Company documents will suffice
PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

Employees who need to ride provincial buses for work can do so without securing travel authority, the country’s COVID task force chief said on Wednesday, September 30.

The head of Joint Task Force COVID Shield, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, told Dobol B sa News TV that workers and persons authorized to move outside their homes, or APORs, don’t need to secure a travel authority to take provincial bus trips.

What do you need to bring?

Kung kayo po ay workers na permitted in the street hindi niyo kailangan ng travel authority,” Eleazar said. All workers need to present are a company ID and a certificate of employment as proof that they’re traveling for work.

However, as Metro Manila is still under general community quarantine, those not authorized to leave their homes must still secure a travel pass from authorities if they’re planning to move between the capital region and other provinces, Eleazar clarified.

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LGU discretion

Though workers and authorized persons are allowed to ride buses with passes, Eleazar said local government units (LGU) have the final say if they will require travel authority for their area of jurisdiction.

Provincial buses are back on the road

Last week, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) opened 12 modified provincial bus routes to and from Metro Manila, with limited operations resuming this week.

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In a memorandum circular, the LTFRB said passengers must pre-book rides and test negative for COVID-19 at least 48 hours before their scheduled trip. Those looking to ride a provincial bus also have to secure a travel pass or authority from their respective LGU. Passengers with incomplete requirements could be denied boarding.

PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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