Opav extends 'Malasakit Bus' routes

THE Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav) has added routes for the “Malasakit Bus,” dedicated for the healthcare workers in Cebu.

Opav, in partnership with Vallacar Transit Inc., launched the Malasakit Bus last March 19 to provide transportation for medical frontliners in their fight against the threat of Coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Due to the high volume of medical health workers in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), OPAV dedicated two buses to ply the Southern Route of Cebu to VSMMC and another bus to ply the Northern Route to VSMMC, and vice versa.

In addition to the two buses, three more will be activated to cater to other medical workers assigned at different public and private hospitals.

The three buses will ply Northern and Southern routes for the other medical workers.

Here are the bus schedules for the 3 additional buses:

BUS 1 - NORTH LOOP (Departs)

4:30 a.m. - SM Consolacion

6:30 a.m. - Fuente Osmeña

12:30 p.m. - SM Consolacion

2:30 p.m. - Fuente Osmeña

8:30 p.m. - SM Consolacion

10:00 p.m. - Fuente Osmeña

BUS 2 - NORTH LOOP REVERSE (Departs)

4:30 a.m. - Fuente Osmeña

6:30 a.m. - SM Consolacion

12:30 p.m. - Fuente Osmeña

2:30 p.m. - SM Consolacion

8:30 p.m. - Fuente Osmeña

10:00 p.m. - SM Consolacion

BUS 3 - SOUTH LOOP (Departs)

4:30 a.m. - Starmall

7:30 a.m. - Fuente Osmeña

12:30 p.m. - Starmall

3:30 p.m. - Fuente Osmeña

8:30 p.m. - Starmall

10:00 p.m. - Fuente Osmeña

As of March 22, a total of 738 health workers have availed of the free bus rides.

As an added convenience for the medical workers, OPAV has partnered with a mobile app called RideHero, so passengers can easily track bus locations. Passengers will be able to track the buses in real time through the app.

The RideHero App is available both on Google Play Store and the App Store, and can be downloaded for free. (PR)