Buses cannot yet operate at full capacity

BUS operators cannot yet implement full seating capacity for all bus journeys, although Davao City is under the Level 1 Alert risk classification, according to a Davao Ground Transportation Terminal official. City (DCOTT).

Based on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) 2022 Series Resolution 163-A which placed Davao City under Alert Level 1, full operating capacity /seats is permitted on public transport, including buses.

But DCOTT Director Aisa Usop said that while full seating capacity is allowed in Davao City, the risk classification of the destination point of bus rides should be considered first.

“We must consider the classification level of the destination area having a higher alert level. In other words, we have to consider the destination point as the basis of the seat capacity of the bus,” Usop told SunStar Davao on Thursday, March 3.

As of March 1, the only area in the Davao region placed under Alert Level 1 is Davao City.

The Usop did not specify which trips currently allow full capacity from origin and destination areas, as well as which trips still operate with limited seating capacity.

But she said DCOTT expects an influx of passengers due to the city’s Level 1 alert status and the impending Holy Week break and May 9 election.

“We expect an influx of passengers now that Davao City is under Alert Level 1…but we will follow Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) guidelines regarding seating capacity,” he said. said Usop. “For now, we are still observing the number of trips and the number of passengers who will travel.”

The DCOTT chief said he would continue to implement minimum public health standards, such as wearing face masks and practicing hand hygiene using the hand washing areas available at the terminal.

Usop also said that apart from limited seating, they will still implement social distancing inside the buses.


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