THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 has issued 60 special permits to allow the operation of 754 additional public transportation vehicles (PUVs) in Cebu this week.
The number of PUVs operating in Cebu has grown from 7,829 on Sept. 11 to 9,854, as of Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said the additional units, mostly public utility buses and traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJs), will be deployed in the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue and Cebu Province.
Of the total number of PUVs already issued with SPs, 287 are modern public utility jeepneys deployed within Cebu City; 156 are buses deployed in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu; 259 are buses deployed in the north; 386 are buses deployed in the south; 1,961 are TPUJs deployed in all areas in Cebu except for the cities of Cebu and Mandaue; 554 are UV Express vehicles; 4,131 are taxis; 468 are transport network vehicle services; 1,571 are tourist transport service vehicles (sedan, vans and sports utility vehicles); and 81 are tourist buses.
Montealto said most of the tourist buses were hired by companies to shuttle employees. This move by private companies reduced the number of commuters riding public transportation, he said.
The LTFRB 7 conducts a weekly assessment every Friday to determine the sufficiency of deployed PUVs in the region. The processing of applications for special permits is still ongoing he said.
Last Sept. 30, the LTFRB 7 allowed units of Cebu Interim Bus Service, MyBus and Persano Corp. to return to their original routes starting on Thursday, Oct. 1.
However, Montealto said that Persano Corp. informed him that parts of its original routes in Cebu City, particularly in Banawa, Barangay Guadalupe, are still closed to traffic and are not yet viable. (WBS)