DOTr ORDERS CONVERSION OF OPERATIONS OF PUBs IN BULACAN, CAVITE, LAGUNA
Clark, Pampanga — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has directed the Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to amend the franchises of Public Utility Buses (PUBs) from municipalities of Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna.
Covered by Department Order 2018-025 are PUBs bound for Metro Manila from the following areas and vice versa: Bulacan (North) – Bocaue, Meycauayan, Marilao, Obando and San Jose Del Monte City; Cavite (Southwest) – Imus, Bacoor, Dasmariñas, General Trias, Silang, Kawit, Noveleta and Cavite City; and Laguna (South) – San Pedro, Biñan and Sta. Rosa City.
Under the DO, the LTFRB is directed to convert the franchises of the said PUBs into City Operations. This means that the PUBs will no longer be required to terminate their routes at their designated Intermodal Terminal Exchange (ITX). City buses under the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines are also required to modernize into low floor- low entry buses. The LTFRB will also allow some PUBs in Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna to bypass their designated ITX to expedite travel time of passengers travelling to and from Metro Manila.
Further, the LTFRB is instructed to open new public transport routes to and from Metro Manila and other provinces.
The issuance of DO 2018-025 is also in preparation of the opening of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), the country’s first integrated and multi-modal terminal in the southwestern part of Metro Manila, which is scheduled next month. The PITX will cater to passengers coming from Cavite or the southwest of Metro Manila.
“Our aim is to promote efficiency in the delivery of public transportation services. We want to give our commuters more options. Ang gusto natin mas marami pang ruta at mas efficient na sakayan at babaan para mas maging komportable ang ating mga pasahero,” said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.
The DO, issued and signed on 12 October 2018, shall take effect five days after its publication.