By Glen S. Ramos
DAGUPAN City, Pangasinan – The provincial government of Pangasinan led by Governor Amado I. Espino III has recommended the re-opening of the inter-provincial bus operations in Pangasinan to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 1.
This was confirmed today by LTFRB Region-1 Director Nasrudin Talipasan in a radio interview that the Governor’s recommendation to re-open bus routes in the province have already been endorsed to the LTFRB Central Office.
“We have already received and approved Governor Espino’s recommendation and the request is already forwarded to the central. Hopefully, ayon sa data ng central office ay nakapag-apply na ang mga transport operators sa mga ruta na binuksan para makapag-issue ang LTFRB ng mga necessary permits sa mga bus companies.”
On December 29, 2020, Gov. Espino already wrote an endorsement to the LTFRB Region 1 for the reopening of interprovincial bus operations in the province.
In his letter, Governor Espino assured that safety protocols will still be followed and suggested provincial buses to impose the following conditions: 1) point-to-point travel system; 2) provision of thermal scanning; 3) strictly observe health protocols (provision of alcohol dispensers and other sanitation devices); 4) physical distancing; 5) installation of semi-permeable barriers; 6) periodic RT-PCR for drivers, conductors and dispatchers; 7) mandatory wearing of face shields and face masks for bus passengers and personnel.
The provincial government of Pangasinan together with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the LTFRB will ensure that all safety protocols will be followed once the request is approved.
Local Government Units in the province have also expressed their support for the re-opening of bus operations in their jurisdictions.
The provincial government also suggested that an online system be adopted and submission of health declaration forms and which data are to be submitted at exit/entry points of the border checkpoints of the province.
LTFRB has also issued Memorandum Circular No. 2020-051 stating the guidelines for the operation of provincial public utility to and from Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, Governor Espino has endorsed the following bus companies and the corresponding routes for the special permit to operate: 1) Five Star Bus- Bolinao to Quezon City; Bolinao to Pasay City; Anda to Balintawak, Quezon City; Agno to Balintawak, Quezon City; Tayug to Quezon City and San Carlos City to Quezon City; 2) Victory Liner- Lingayen to Quezon City, Alaminos City to Cubao, Quezon City; First Luzon Transit- San Carlos City to Balintawak, Quezon City; San Manuel to Balintawak, Quezon City; Urbiztondo to Balintawak, Quezon City.
Dagupan City is not included in the request being an independent component city of Pangasinan. (AI/MTVN)