Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. recently announced that the agency is re-opening the bus routes from Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental to Cebu City and vice-versa.
After months of complying with the travel restrictions, LTFRB now resumes the bus operations. This is after imposing travel restrictions by the government to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
Apart from the travel restrictions they have faced, the bus operators said that the main problem is the lack of passengers. Montealto has learned that residents of Dumaguete City were hesitant to travel to Cebu City after having learned about the mandatory quarantine thereafter.
VTI is currently processing its special permits’ application for at least 12 of their buses that are expected to resume the aforementioned routes. The number of buses, however, can possibly increase depending on the volume of commuters.
The first batch of buses will possibly service the inter-province route by mid-January 2021, said Director Montealto.