MANILA, Feb. 26 –- Baguio-bound passengers were urged Friday to check if the buses they are riding in have secured permits from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) before booking tickets.
“We would like to advise all passengers to make sure that the bus is a grantee of a special permit and not a colorum one,” LTFRB board member Ariel Inton said.
Inton pointed out that buses granted with special permits will be displaying labels on their windshields and are properly insured in case of unforeseen incidents.
To recall, the LTFRB earlier granted buses special permits as more passengers are expected to flock to the summer capital during the Panagbenga Flower Festival this weekend.
Inton assured that there is enough public transportation buses plying the route to Baguio in order to service the tourists who wish to witness the festival.
The highlight of the 21st edition of the Panagbenga Festival will be the staging of the Grand Street Dance Parade and Grand Float Parade slated on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, respectively.
LTFRB, however, reminded bus operators that the special permit will be valid from Feb. 26 to 29 only.
Special permits are only given to applicants who comply with the board’s requirements, including safety rules, the Board said.
Inton meanwhile assured that colorum buses caught operating will be apprehended.
“We, together with Team LTO (Land Transportation Office) shall operate and make sure that the safety of the tourists-passengers are not at stake,” he said. PNA/northboundasia.com