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Guidelines: Public transport under GCQ

The country is slowly shifting from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), including Cebu City.

With the transition, the most common question is the transportation. Worry not because we have here a concise on the know how of the new normal to public transport.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Guidelines

Sanitary measures:

  • Wearing of face masks at all times
  • Implementation of no-contact measures such as cashless payments.
  • Use of thermal scanners
  • Availability of alcohol and sanitizers in Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs)
  • Disinfection of high-touch surfaces of vehicles
  • Establishment of disinfection facilities in various public transport terminals
  • Contact Tracing
  • Public Utility Buses (PUBs), Modern PUVs, and UV Express will now be allowed to operate along with transport modes during Phase 1 (with limited passenger capacity)
  • 1-meter social distance rule will be strictly enforced inside all PUVs and mass transport units.
  • Allowed are trains and bus augmentation, taxis, TNVS, shuttle services, Point-to-Point buses, and bicycles (with limited passenger capacity) / Tricycles (subject to the approval of concerned LGU)
  • Provincial buses are now allowed:
    • Temporary North Bus Terminal: CityMall in Consolacion town
    • Routes: Consolacion to Tabuelan, Tuburan, Bogo City, Maya in Daanbantayan, Lambusan in San Remigio via Hagnaya, and on to Bantayan Island.
    • Temporary South Bus Terminal: Cebu South Coastal Road on the Lantaw Restaurant property
    • Routes: Talisay City to Samboan, Balamban, Pinamungajan, Asturias, Barili, Carcar, Dumanjug, and Sibonga.

Buses & Jeepneys

Modern technology Initiatives

  • Automatic fare collection system (AFCS) – for cashless payment transactions, electronic toll collection, and GNSS/GPS.
  • Online transactions in licensing, registration, and other documentary requirements.
  • LTFRB’s Public Transport Online Processing System (PTOPS) – allows transactions to be made online, except the publication and hearing of cases—which will make LTFRB services faster and accessible for all its stakeholders. (will run in NCR starting June 1, 2020)

‘NEW NORMAL’ Institutional changes

  • Routes Rationalization – for more effective traffic management;
  • Industry Consolidation – to make it more efficient and financially tenable for stakeholders;
  • The use of shuttle services – to prevent students and employees from contracting the virus will also be encouraged;
  • Promotion of the use of non-motorized transport/use of bicycles- to maintain physical distancing, provide environmental and health benefits, and promote efficient road space use.

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4 comments

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    What are the requirements needed to travel from Cebu City to Bogo?

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    When I’m going to go to consolacion then I’m from south province what bus or vehicle can I ride

  3. Avatar

    May 31, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Good day.

    I have a question. I am Melony from Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu but I am currently staying in my brother’s house here in Brgy. Tisa Cebu City. I am a School Employee and I wish to go home in Lapu-Lapu since I need to report back in school. Can I be allowed to go home in Lapu-Lapu City? Is there already a public transportation tomorrow since we are in GCQ?

    Please give me some advise. Thank you so much. God Bless us all.

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    Hi all,

    Good day.

    I have a question. I am from Minglanilla, Cebu but I am currently renting in Englis V Rama Cebu City. I wish to go home in Minglanilla since I need to visit my family and provide food for them while I will have my off duty from work. Can I be allowed to go home to my family and be back again to the city by riding a Taxi or bus?

    Please give me some advise.

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