LTFRB looks into allowing provincial bus operations in September

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) wants to resume operation of provincial buses before the end of this month, but most local officials are not keen on allowing public vehicles from Metro Manila into their areas, an official said.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said at the Laging Handa press briefing on Wednesday that this matter has been under consideration by the agency and the Department of Transportation for the past months.

“Hopefully, we are looking at the timeline na within the month. We will be opening the provincial bus routes coming from Metro Manila or ending in Metro Manila,” Delgra said.

However, only four officials out of 81 provinces were open to the idea, he said without elaborating.

“Yung pag transport ng mga pasahero from Metro Manila papunta sa mga probinsya, we have to coordinate with the LGUs concerned kasi sila rin ang sasalo ng mga pasahero,” Delgra pointed out.

[Translation: The transport of passengers from Metro Manila to the provinces, we have to coordinate with the LGUs because they will be receiving the passengers.]

Provincial bus operators are appealing for LTFRB to allow their partial operation, noting the need for their service by people stranded in Metro Manila, returning overseas Filipino workers, and other commuters.