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LTFRB 10 to issue special permits for rationalized routes

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Northern Mindanao will be releasing special permits granting operators of public transport to collect special fares in areas affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

As of presstime, LTFRB 10 has identified the following rationalized routes: Baikingon, Balongis, Balulang, Bayabas, Bonbon, Bulua via coastal road, Bulua to Carmen, Calaanan, Dansolihon, Gran Europa, Iponan to Pueblo, Iponan to Carmen, Kisanlu, NHA, Pagatpat, Regency, San Simon, Tagpangi, Tignapoloan, Tumpagon, Xavier Heights, Zayas, Alae to Puerto, Bugo via JR Borja extension, Bugo to Cogon, Buena Oro, Cugman/Gusa, Indahag, Lapasan to Carmen market, Lapasan to Cogon, Macabalan (Pier) to Cogon, Macabalan (Pier) to westbound, Valencia to Kibawe, Valencia to Kadingilan, Valencia to Kalilangan, Alae to Quezon, Alae to Maramag, Alae to Valencia, Alae to Kibawe, Mambajao-Mahinog-Benoni-Guinsiliban-Sagay-Catarman, Sapang Dalaga to Bonifacio, Calamba to Baliangao, Sapang Dalaga to Concepcion, Bonifacio to Don Victoriano, Magsaysay to Balingoan, Balingoan to CDO, Magsaysay to CDO, Lugait to CDO, El Salvador to Jasaan, Balingasag to Laguindingan airport, Molugan to Villanueva, Kapatagan to Iligan, Pantar to Iligan, Alae to CDO, CDO to Iligan and CDO to Oroquieta.

LTFRB 10 director Aminoden Guro explained that they are granting special permits to associations only i.e. cooperatives and corporations which have all their units managed in one fleet.

Guro pointed out that each route will have a limited number of units to ply meaning that if one association has 40 units and the route is granted only 30 to ply, jeepneys and PUV units must travel on an alternate basis.

“Sila na bahala sa cooperative ug sa corporation kung unsay ilang kaugalingong sistema. What is important is that all units are managed in one fleet,” he said.

Prior to the granting of the number of units per route, LTFRB has already conducted surveys in each of the points of the origin to determine on how many households are residing in those communities.

“We are limiting our calculations to only two persons per household – ang isa gatrabaho u gang isa homemaker nga pwede maoy mag-merkado,” he said.

For example, only ten PUV units are allowed to ply the Grand Europa to Cogon market route.

“Although tanan na gitugotan nga puwede makagawas but in spirit, since we are still in modified general community quarantine, the basic policy still applies: stay at home if you don’t have business outside. That is the principle why gamay ra among gi-allow nga ipabiyahe,” Guro said.

The fares for these special routes are also higher than the pre-COVID routes. The minimum fare is P9 for traditional jeepneys, P11 for modernized jeepneys, P11 for non-airconditioned PUVs and P13 for airconditioned PUVs.

Again, this is meant to discourage people from loitering outside in this era of the new normal.

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