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2020 • 11 • 27

Travel restrictions in different places in the Philippines are being eased up after months of travel ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this, more public transportation vehicles are being allowed to operate again. Jeepneys, buses, and UV express within Metro Manila and from nearby provinces are now plying different routes.

Last November 2, 2020, the LTFRB opened six (6) routes for provincial buses to Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) and back to Metro Manila. This is just in time for the holidays, when people would go back to their provinces to spend Christmas with family.

Note that provincial buses bound for Visayas and Mindanao are using the SANTA ROSA INTEGRATED TERMINAL (SRIT) in Laguna. If you’re coming from Metro Manila, you need to make your way to Santa Rosa first and catch the bus there.


If you are planning to go to Leyte or Samar Islands here are the available routes to Region VIII and respective bus companies/operators based on the Memorandum Circular No. 2020-051-B of the LTFRB.

Santa Rosa to ORMOC, Leyte

  • Silver Star Shuttle and Tours
  • Villegas Transit
  • Del Monte Motor Works
  • Eaglestar Transit
  • Philtranco

Santa Rosa to PALOMPON, Leyte

  • JAC Liner
  • United Land Transport and Bus
  • PP Bus Lines
  • Palma Eduardo
  • Lam Carolina

Santa Rosa to TACLOBAN, Leyte

  • Del Monte Motor Works
  • Yaput Ireneo
  • Silver Star
  • VS Pintados

Santa Rosa to MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte

  • Gold Line Tours
  • Chito Barney
  • Ultra Bus Transport
  • Silver Star
  • Elavil Tours
  • Lam Carolina
  • Del Monte Motor Works
  • Eagle Star
  • Bicol Isarog Transport
  • VS Pintados

Santa Rosa to CATARMAN, Northern Samar

  • Del Monte Motor Works
  • Eagle Star Transit
  • St. Martha Lines
  • Silver Star

Santa Rosa to LAOANG, Northern Samar

  • Mega Bus Line
  • A&B Liner
  • Silver Star
  • Elavil Tours
  • Del Monte Motor Works
  • St. Christopher Transport

For more information, you can find the full memorandum circular here.

Important Reminders

These “7 commandments” are implemented in all public transportation based on the recommendation of health experts:

  1. Always wear a mask and a face shield.
  2. Talking and speaking on the phone is not allowed.
  3. Eating is prohibited.
  4. Proper ventilation in PUVs must be maintained.
  5. Disinfection should be done regularly.
  6. Passengers with symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to ride public transportation.
  7. Proper physical distancing or the “one-seat apart” rule must always be observed.

Unless mandated or announced by the LTFRB, there should be no increase in fares on provincial buses.

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