Beginning 30 September 2020, operations of provincial buses to and from Manila will resume, starting with a number of routes to and from Region III (Central Luzon) and Region IV-A (CALABARZON / Southern Tagalog).
Based on Memorandum Circular 2020-051, public utility buses plying provincial routes with existing and valid Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or Application for Extension of Validity and registered with Personal Passenger Insurance Policy will be allowed to operate again. According to the same memo, authorized units shall be issued corresponding QR codes and subject to the guidelines of the respective local government units (LGU) and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
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List of Requirements
For passengers planning on traveling on one of these buses, the following documents are required:
- Travel authority or Travel pass. Issued by the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the point of origin within 48 hours prior to departure.
- Valid ID. This should serve as proof of residency or place of origin, age, company or workplace (if employed), or school (if student).
- Written consent to undergo COVID-19 testing or quarantine or both, as may be required by the LGU at the destination or point of origin.
- Face mask and face shield. Passengers must wear a face mask and face shield in order to be allowed to board.
In addition, the IATF and the LGU may also require additional documents, which is why it’s important to contact the local government first before traveling to check for changes in the policy.
These documents must be made ready for presentation at the destination.
Travel Policies to Follow
These are the rules and guidelines that passengers must follow, according to the Memorandum Circular 2020-051:
- Pre-book tickets at least 48 hours before actual departure. You can book online or at the station. On-the-day or walk-in tickets are not allowed unless for emergency purposes like medical concerns.
- NO travel documents, NO boarding. Prior to boarding at the designated terminals, the dispatcher or conductor must inspect and ensure that all passengers have the required documents.
- NO mask and face shield, NO boarding. Passengers are required to wear face masks and face shields in order to be allowed to board.
- Talking to other passengers is discouraged. Same applies to talking on your mobile phone.
- Body temperature will be checked. Passengers with body temperature of 38 degrees Celcius or higher will not be allowed to board. If you have fever or other symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be allowed into the vehicle.
- Physical distancing must be observed at all times. No standing passengers will be allowed.
- Trips are considered point-to-point. No pick up or drop off of passengers other than the designated stops shall be allowed during the trip.
- Take note of the following: vehicle’s plate number or body number, the boarding date and time, and the route.
These the clauses that directly involve passengers. The memorandum also lists down several rules and guidelines concerning the bus operators and drivers, including the regular cleaning and disinfection of the bus units and the application of penalties or fines for violations.
List of Operational Provincial Routes
According to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), here’s the list of the first twelve modified provincial Public Utility Bus (PUB) routes that will start operations on September 30 and their corresponding terminal in Metro Manila.
- San Fernando, Pampanga – Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
- Batangas City, Batangas – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx)
- Lemery, Batangas – PITx
- Lipa City, Batangas – PITx
- Nasugbu, Batangas – PITx
- Indang, Cavite – PITx
- Mendez, Cavite – PITx
- Tagaytay City, Cavite – PITx
- Ternate, Cavite – PITx
- Calamba City, Laguna – PITx
- Siniloan, Laguna – PITx
- Sta. Cruz, Laguna – PITx
The above routes have been approved by their respective local government units. Several routes to and from Metro Manila and Region III and IVA have also been proposed for approval.
For more information, here’s a copy of the memorandum:
- List of DOH-Approved Quarantine Hotels in Metro Manila, Batangas, Cavite, etc.
- List of DOH-Approved Quarantine Hotels in Cebu