DAVAO CITY, May 22 (PIA)- The head of the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal revealed that provincial buses will resume operations on May 25, 2020.
Aiza Yusop, manager of the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal said that bus firms have to coordinate first with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board XI for the issuance of special permit to travel.
She said there will be one trip per bus firm in one route so far, going to Davao City but there will be no limit of public bus trips from Davao City to the provinces.
Yusop also said that bus firms have to abide with the strict implementation of the curfew hours from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm only, where the bus firms have to fit in their operation on the given duration.
"We have to control the flow of the people since this is not yet the normal situation," Yusop said.
She said buses coming in to Davao City have to fill up the forms for its route and destination which will be presented to the Task Force Davao quarantine posts at the border areas where personnel from the City Health Office requires medical check-up for all the passengers.
Yusop said that upon arrival at the DCOTT, the passengers will not be allowed to disembark right away.
"I have to wait for the call from the TF Davao quarantine post in-charge to give the clearance for the passengers to go down the bus," she said.
Yusop said that bus firms and the LTFRB XI will meet today to finalize the routes.
She said the LTFRB XI will coordinate with the concerned local government units if they allow the trips to pass through their areas.
"The instruction to me is one bus per company per route going to the city," Yusop said.
She said since there are two bus firms servicing Davao City to General Santos City route, two of their respective units are expected to travel to Davao City every day.
Yusop said stricter measures are also imposed in the DCOTT facility where all passengers going to other places are required to wash their hands with soap and water at the handwashing area before boarding the bus.
She said passengers are also required to strictly follow social distancing.
"We place signage and stickers requiring passengers to observe at least one-seat-apart in the DCOTT facility," Yusop said. (PIA XI- Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)