LTFRB bares new routes for free ride phase 2

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THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7, on Tuesday night, Sept. 14, 2021, announced the routes for its region-wide free ride service under the service contracting program Phase 2 which will formally resume on Thursday, Sept. 16.

In an announcement on its official Facebook page, the LTFRB 7 said it has prepared 10 routes for the public utility vehicles (PUVs) that will serve Cebu healthcare workers, essential workers and other authorized persons outside of residence (Apor).

These are the routes for the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu and nearby Cebu Province areas:

1. Carcar City to Cebu City (Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital (CDUH)-Chong Hua Hospital (CHH) Fuente-Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC)-Visayas Community Medical Center (VCMC)-Saint Vincent Hospital-Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC)-ACE Medical Center Cebu-Talisay City District Hospital-Cebu South General Hospital-Carcar City)

2. Carcar City to Mandaue City (University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed)/CHH Mandaue-SM City Cebu-Mango Ave.-CHH Fuente-VSMMC-B. Rodriguez St.-Calamba-Mambaling-South Road Properties (SRP)-Talisay City-South Gen-Carcar City

3. Mandaue City to Cebu City Loop Service (1)

4. Mandaue City to Cebu City Loop Service (2)

5. Lapu-Lapu City Loop Service Marigondon (clockwise/counterclockwise)

6. Lapu-Lapu City Loop Service Cordova (clockwise/counterclockwise)

7. Mandaue City Loop Service

8. Lapu-Lapu City-Cebu City via Mandaue Hospitals

9. Cebu City Loop Service (Southside)

10. Cebu City Loop Service (Northside)

Two routes each were also dedicated for the healthcare workers, essential workers and Apors in Negros Oriental and Bohol:

1. Dumaguete City to Siaton and vice versa

2. Dumaguete-Manjuyod and vice versa

3. Tagbilaran-Tubigon and vice versa

4. Tagbilaran-Jagna and vice versa

LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. earlier said more than 300 PUVs, composed of public utility buses (PUBs), modern public utility jeepneys (MPUJs), tourist buses and tourist vans, are expected to be deployed for Phase 2 of the program which will run until Dec. 31.

He also said the P358 million budget for the continuation of the free ride service in the region is sourced from the 2021 General Appropriations Act of its mother agency, the Department of Transportation.

Of the amount, he said P320 million will be allocated for operations cost and the remaining budget will be for the salary of LTFRB hired personnel for the program.

Montealto said participating PUBs will be paid P82.50 per kilometer covered while the rest of the commissioned units, the MPUJs, tourist buses and tourist vans, will be paid P52.50 per kilometer covered. (WBS)

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