THREE new Premium Point-to-Point (P2P) bus service routes for Iloilo City was recently approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The new routes are from Iloilo City to Iloilo International Airport with a one-way fare of P80, Iloilo City to Caticlan (P920) and Iloilo City to Kalibo Airport (P720).
The three new routes were among the 28 new Premium P2P bus service routes around the country that were opened by the LTFRB through its Memorandum Circular 2019-010.
Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu explained that since the premium routes are point-to-point, the buses will not traverse national roads in the city.
As early as now, Conlu said that they are looking at Megaworld’s Transport Hub as the Premium P2P bus service routes from Iloilo City to Iloilo International Airport.
According to Conlu, Megaworld’s Transport Hub would be ideal for the premium P2P bus routes since they have a franchise and the terminal is modern.
On March 5, 2019, the City Council approved the proposal of Megaworld Corporation to construct, establish, operate, and maintain a “transport hub” at the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Based on the ordinance, the transport hub shall be used exclusively and limitedly only to UV Express, Tourist and Chartered Vans and Bus and Shuttle Buses with a valid and existing franchise issued by LTFRB of which the point of destination and/or point of origin shall be the Megaworld Corporation, Iloilo Business Park.
Conlu added that they support the new premium routes as these will offer ease and convenience to Ilonggo commuters and tourists.
Despite the LTFRB approval, Conlu said that the bus owners still cannot start their operations on the new premium routes.
“Now that the routes were approved by the LTFRB, we will be proposing the developmental routes to be passed sa City Council and that is why we are also trying to finalize our Local Route Transport Plan,” he said.
Currently, passengers and tourists who travel from the airport are riding the taxi or vans operating in the SM City.
Vans operating in the SM City are allegedly illegal since the said terminal lack franchise to operate, according to Conlu.
Aside from the buses, Conlu said modernized jeepneys will soon be traversing in the roads of the metro as part of the government’s modernization program.
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