Duterte OKs return of provincial buses in point-to-point routes

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte checks the phone of one of the members of the cabinet during the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet have approved the return of provincial buses in point-to-point routes, Malacañang announced, as the government moves to further reopen the economy to rise up from setbacks brought by the pandemic.

The Cabinet, during its meeting on Monday, allowed “provincial buses in point-to-point routes approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the local government unit of destination, including their stop-over/transit terminals,” to resume operations.

“Point-to-point provincial buses shall be allowed unhampered passage through the different LGUs en route to the LGU of destination,” the National COVID-19 task force said in a statement.

“Hintayin lang po natin ang guidelines na ilalabas ng DOTr (Department of Transportation) at LTFRB ukol dito,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque added in his regular press briefing. 

In March, all modes of public transport were suspended in accordance to lockdown protocols. Transport restrictions were eased slowly as authorities scramble to reopen the country’s devastated economy.

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