With the May 13, 2019 midterm elections just a few days shy, the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) management has once again sought the help of the local government units (LGUs) from southern Cebu in providing convenience to the home-bound commuters.
CSBT Chief Jonathan Tumulak said that LGUs may send their government-issued buses to help transport passengers who will vote on Monday. This will be similar to other major occasions like the recent Holy Week where many passengers who could no longer be accommodated in public utility buses were transported through the government service vehicles.
Tumulak said they are expecting about 30,000 to 40,000 individuals who will come to the terminal this weekend to catch a ride to their hometowns in time for the elections day.
He said there are only about 300 buses available in the terminal on that day, which cannot accommodate the volume of passengers that the CSBT is expecting.
Tumulak assured that his office will help the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in strictly monitoring that the deployed government-issued vehicles will not be used to boost a politician’s interests.
Just like in the Holy Week, he said the buses deployed by the LGUs were subjected to an inspection by the CSBT personnel to make sure that these were free of any campaign materials.
He clarified that buses sent by the LGUs will only be used once there are no more buses available inside the terminal.
The Cebu Provincial Government will also deploy two buses to CSBT this weekend.
Since the Ceres Liner has 200 buses inside the terminal, Tumulak discussed with the company’s management on the possible concern on lack of bus drivers.
Tumulak requested to the Capitol to deploy additional employees to help them inside the terminal and police officers from the provincial and Cebu City police offices for security matters.