CAGAYAN de Oro City–Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Regional Director Allan Guro of Northern Mindanao yesterday eyed the opening of Cagayan de Oro-Davao route.
Guro said that he is set to present his proposal to the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RITF) to open the inter-regional route to balance the local economy in the neo-normal.
He said even local chief executives are asking for the opening of inter-regional routes.
With this, Guro said buses from the Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. (RTMI) will soon be allowed to ply the Oro-Davao and other routes.
Although no drivers and even operators have been reported inflicted with the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), he said buses plying the Cagayan de Oro-Davao route should be P2P or, point-to-point. “Meaning, buses will not be allowed to stop to pick up a passenger,” Guro explained.
Guro said a bus should be allowed to travel only if it will strictly follow health protocols not only the wearing of face mask and face shield but the disinfection of vehicle.
Meanwhile, Guro warned drivers against engaging in drag racing.
“Bawal yan,” said Guro in an interview as he urged the public to help his agency stop such illicit practice of drivers in public transportation.
“You can take video and submit them to LTFRB and even to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) if the car is a privately-owned vehicle,” Guro said.
He said the penalty if caught in drag racing includes P5,000 for first offense; P10,000 for second offense; amd P15,00 for the third offense plus a 30-day suspension of franchise.