THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 is considering plans to allow more public utility vehicles (PUVs) from other local government units to enter Cebu City after the city was placed on modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, until the end of the month.
However, the PUJs don’t include traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJs) which, until now, are not yet allowed to operate in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said a coordination meeting with Cebu City is scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 3.
“We want to know their plans, like which additional establishments will be allowed to open and how many workers will they allow. We want to know where these establishments are located so we can study the routes that we will reopen,” he said in Cebuano.
He said LTFRB has allowed some units to enter when Cebu City was placed on GCQ, but they will need to determine the number of additional PUVs that will need permits to enter the city, while also considering the City Government’s guidelines.
He said they will also find out if buses from the south whose current end-point is Lantaw in Talisay City can now enter Cebu City.
Montealto also assured that they will issue special permits to operate more buses and other means of transportation suitable for the area.
He said 23 additional buses will be deployed in Cebu City by Friday, Sept. 4, after meeting with some bus operators.
In a regional memorandum, dated Sept. 1, Montealto said the LTFRB 7 allows the automatic renewal of special permits issued to all PUVs, except trucks-for-hire, without extra fees, effective Sept. 1 to 6.
He also said all modernized public utility jeepneys (MPUJs) will operate in their authorized routes per certificate of public convenience with corresponding issuance of special permits.
This, he said, is to ensure a continuous and unhampered public transportation to cater to personnel of health care and other frontline services tasked to enforce MGCQ guidelines.
He said operators who were given special permits are advised to visit LTFRB 7’s official Facebook page for further updates and route modification.
PUVs operating without special permits will be tantamount to colorum operations.
As of Aug. 16, the LTFRB 7 issued 22 special permits for Utility Vehicle Express; 130 for TPUJs in Cebu Province; and 98 for buses and MPUJs in the tri-cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
It also issued special permits for 142 buses and MPUJs to operate in Cebu City; 252 for buses operating in northern Cebu; and 342 for buses operating in southern Cebu. (WBS)