MANILA – The Quezon City government on Tuesday issued a localized guideline to aid provincial bus operators and commuters as public transportation gradually resumes.
The city government said this is in line with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Memorandum Circular No. 2020-051 providing guidelines for the operations of provincial public utility buses (PUBs) to and from Metro Manila during the period of general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, in a memorandum that took effect on Wednesday, said this comes alongside the effectivity of LTFRB circular.
Belmonte said authorized provincial buses on routes allowed by the LTFRB to operate should “bear the corresponding QR Code, which must be printed by the operator and displayed conspicuously in the front windshield of the authorized unit”.
Authorized bus units, she said, should load and unload passengers at the Araneta Bus Port, to and from Region 3 (Central Luzon), via Mindanao Avenue-Congressional Avenue Extension-Katipunan Avenue.
Coordination with the city government, she added, should be done in cases of necessary stopovers due to emergency purposes.
Belmonte said this is because daily trips are considered point to point from place of origin to the place of destination.
“Strictly no pick up and drop off of passengers shall be made during the trip,” the memorandum reads.
Inspection of travel documents shall be done before a passenger boards the bus at the designated terminals as the “no travel documents, no boarding” policy will be strictly enforced.
Belmonte, in the memorandum, said documents should be made ready for presentation at the place of destination, as may be required.
Documents required include Philippine National Police-issued travel authority/pass at the point of origin issued within 48 hours prior to departure, a valid ID as proof of residence/place of origin, age, workplace/school, written consent to undergo Covid-19 testing and/or quarantine as may be required by the LGU either at the point of origin or destination and other documents as may be required by current IATF and LGU guidelines.
There will be no fare increase that may be imposed without prior approval from the LTFRB and existing fare rates shall be observed.
Bus operators are encouraged to display fare matrix at all times for the information of the passengers.
Public utility bus provincial fare rates are as follows: for the first five kilometers for ordinary buses, the rate is PHP9 while succeeding kilometer is at PHP1.55 per km.
Regular aircon buses are at PHP1.75, deluxe at PHP1.85, super deluxe at PHP1.95 and luxury buses at PHP2.40.
Minimum health standards must be observed at all times pursuant to the guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Quezon City Health Department such as the “pre-booking/contact tracing, wearing of face mask and face shield, temperature check prior to boarding, disinfection, and one meter social distancing between passengers with no standing passengers allowed, among others.”
Those who will be caught violating the guidelines may be charged under applicable laws and ordinances in accordance with relevant city and DOTr/LTFRB issuances. (PNA)