Cebu bus terminal exec to conductors: Take a bath, look presentable before passengers

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BUS conductors working for Cebu's South and North Bus Terminals who do not shower, have bad body odor and do not wear proper clothing will no longer be allowed to enter the two terminals.

This was the warning of Carmen Quijano, manager of the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) and the Cebu North Bus Terminal (CNBT), on Friday, September 16, 2022.

Quijano told reporters that she received complaints from some passengers that some bus conductors in the two bus terminals were not observing proper hygiene practices while on duty.

"Whenever I received these complaints, I would often call the attention of bus conductors," Quijano said in Cebuano.

Quijano reminded bus conductors at CSBT and CNBT of the importance of observing proper hygiene practices, especially that their work involves dealing with people traveling to the Province's towns and cities.

Aside from failure to observe proper hygiene, Quijano said bus conductors who have improper haircuts and are wearing improper clothing, such as sleeveless shirts and shorts, will be prohibited from entering the two terminals.

Shirtless conductors are also prohibited entry into the two terminals, Quijano said.

Though she did not require them to wear expensive clothing, Quijano urged bus conductors to wear clothing that will make them presentable to their passengers, especially to tourists who will avail themselves of buses to travel to tour sites across the province.

"Wa man ta mag ingon nga nindot gyud ang sanina pero at least ba presentable ba, dili nga mag sul-ob ta anang gisi-gisi, unya tag-as kaayo'g buhok, tag-as kaayo'g bungot mao na nanuyo ko ba," Quijano added.

(I am not saying that they should buy expensive clothing, just as long as they are presentable. We won't allow them if they are wearing torn-up shirts and pants, or if they have long hair and beards. It really upsets me to see them like that.)

Bus drivers, too

Aside from conductors, Quijano also urged bus drivers to observe proper hygiene, including wearing proper shoes while they are at the terminal.

The wearing of shoes is in response to Memorandum Circular (MC) 2011-004 issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that requires public utility vehicles drivers to wear shoes.

Violators of MC 2011-004 may be fined up to P2,000 for the first offense to P5,000 and franchise cancelation for the third offense.

Quijano added that for now, they will issue verbal warnings to erring bus drivers and conductors about her new policy. If they do not comply, they will be prohibited entry inside the terminal, she added. (ANV/JKV)