LTFRB opens application for special permits of P2P buses for SEA Games

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Applications for special permits of point-to-point (P2P) buses to shuttle participants across venues of the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is now being accepted, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said.

In an advisory issued Wednesday, Nov. 12, the LTRB said the application is open to units covering routes with drop off points on different SEA Games sporting venues.

The following routes are open for the application of special permits:

• Cubao – Angeles Pampanga (Auf Gym, Deca Clark Park, Pradera Verde), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• Cubao – Mabalacat (Clark New Group City), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• Cubao – San Fernando Pampanga (Laus Group Event Center), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• Cubao – Capas Tarlac (New Clark City Athletic Stadium), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• Cubao – Subic, Olongapo (Subic Bay Yacht Club, Sbeec, Malawan Park), Phil Ippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX – Angeles, Pampanga (Auf Gym, Deca Clerk Water Park, Pradera Verde), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX – Mabalacat (Clark New Global City), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX – San Fernando Pampanga (Laus Group Event Center), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX – Capas, Tarlac (New Clark City Athletic Stadium), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX- Subic, Olongapo (Auf Gym, Deca Clark Water Park, Pradera Verde), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX- Calatagan, Batangas (Miguel Romero Sports Club) – November 24 to December 10 only

• PITX – Imus, Cavite (Vermosa Sports Hub) – December 2 to 5 only

• PITX – Tagaytay (Tagaytay Centrum) – December 5 to 10 only

• PITX – Sta. Rosa, Biñan, Laguna (Sta. Rosa Sports Complex, Biñan sport Complex) – November. 28 to December 2 only

• PITX – Los Baños, Laguna (Los Baños Centro Mall) December 3 to 9 only

To qualify for the special permit, a bus operator must submit to the board the necessary requirements including the latest registration (OR & CR), and updated personal passenger route.

The LTFRB said only 25 percent of the total authorized units per franchise is allowed, units applied should not be more than 10 years old from the date of manufacture, and the certificate of public convenience of the units should be valid during the period covered in the special permit.

Once approved, the LTFRB said the special permit will be valid from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

Buses with approved special permits for northbound routes are required to serve the route going to the Philippine Arena in Bulacan during the opening of the SEA Games on Nov. 30, the agency said.

Thousands of athletes and coaches, dignitaries, and spectators are expected to participate and watch the games to be hosted by the Philippines. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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