Provincial buses traveling through point-to-point routes have been allowed to resume operations subject to implementing rules of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Palace announced Tuesday.
In a televised briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the matter as stated under Resolution No. 88.
The task force, in its resolution, said provincial buses in point-to-point routes identified by the LTFRB shall be approved by local government units (LGU) of destination, including their stop-over or transit terminals.
“Point-to-point provincial buses shall be allowed unhampered passage through the different LGUs en route to the LGU of destination,” the IATF said.
“For this purpose, the Department of Transportation, through the LTFRB, is directed to craft the necessary operational guidelines,” it added.
The new policy came as the government eases restrictions on transportation in a bid to allow more mobility and resuscitate the economy which plunged into a recession due to large-scale lockdowns.
At the h of strict quarantine measures earlier this year, the government halted public transport operations to curb coronavirus transmission.
As of Monday afternoon, the Philippines has so far recorded 450,733 coronavirus infections, of which 23,253 are active cases. The death toll stands at 8,757.
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