Tue. Mar 2nd, 2021

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has passed a resolution allowing provincial buses operating in point-to-point (P2P) routes to resume operations, it was announced on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a briefing at Malacanang that the IATF approved IATF Resolution No. 88 allowing provincial buses in P2P routes to resume operations. The P2P buses will also be given unhampered passage by local government units.

“Provincial buses in point-to-point routes approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the local government unit (LGU) of destination, including their stop-over/transit terminals may resume their operations,” the resolution stated.

The Department of Transportation, through the LTFRB, will craft the necessary operational guidelines for the operations provincial buses traversing P2P routes.

The P2P provincial buses is the latest public transport mode allowed by the IATF and LTFRB to resume operation since June 1. Those that are already allowed to operate include more modern jeepneys, P2P buses, UV Express units, taxis, transport network vehicle services and provincial buses.

However, to avoid the further spread of the coronavirus disease, the LTFRB is reminding commuters, drivers and conductors to observe health protocols like wearing of face masks and face shields, and maintaining proper ventilation and social distancing. SOVEREIGNPH

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