CITY OF MALOLOS – In an aim to address the concerns of the bus and jeepney operators in Bulacan, Governor Daniel R. Fernando together with Atty. Jesus Sison, representative of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, met with the bus and jeepney operators at the Official Residence here, Monday morning.
Fernando said that the goal is not just to earn money but to protect the lives of the people because the fight is not over yet.
“Mahalaga na malaman natin ang lahat ng impormasyong ibinababa ng national government dahil ang layunin ay kung anuman ang problemang lumabas sa lansangan, kayo mismong mga operator masasagot n’yo. Hindi tayo papasada katulad ng dati, kasi iba na ngayon,” Fernando said.
Atty. Sison said that currently, operations of public utility vehicles are still limited and reduced.
“Hindi talaga lahat makakabiyahe pa. May grupong nag-aaral kung ilan ang makakabiyahe sa mga rutang marami ang maseserbisyuhan. Sinusunod kasi natin ang hierarchy of motor vehicles, una ang bus pababa sa mga traditional units na jeep, apat na ruta din ang ni-rationalize kasama ang Baliwag to Monumento, Meycauayan to Monumento, San Jose del Monte at Angat to Monumento,” Sison said.
The operators said that a total of 510 units from 30 bus companies and 19 operators have been approved to travel last June 2, 2020 and they are following the protocols like social distancing and disinfecting.
However, they requested to Fernando and Atty. Sison that instead of having the Angat to Quezon Ave. route, they opted to have the one from Sapang Palay to Quezon Ave. due to the bulk of passengers coming from that terminal.
They also requested to review the allotted stops for buses to avoid conflicts.
“We would like to co-exist peacefully with others. Lahat naman ay gusto lang maghanapbuhay, sana mai-coordinate din sa mga LGU,” Atty. Omar Mayo, a bus company lawyer said.
Billy Tatil, chairman of the Bulacan Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association appealed to let them pass not only through the national roads but also in inside roads.
Atty. Sison noted their questions and suggestions but explained that the routes were rationalized to suit the needs during the pandemic.
Fernando also answered that they can write their proposals to the LTFRB and wait for their approval.
In the meantime, only few were given special permits to travel that can be used until June 30, 2020.