THE Davao Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has started inspecting school buses and other school transport services in line with the opening of classes last Monday, June 1.

Speaking in a press conference at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) on Wednesday, LTFRB spokesperson Edgar Violan said its office has just activated Oplan Balik Eskwela to inspect the compliance of the school transport services to their franchise requirements.

"We also coordinated to all schools and monitor all the public utility vehicles passing through the schools," Violan said.

He said the Davao Region has 272 units of school transport service providers and 19 school transport buses.

He added that 34 schools in the southern part and 19 in northern part are being provided with school transport services.

"And as we monitored and coordinated with school management this week, we found out that most schools if not all will be starting their classes on June 8 yet," Violan said.

Violan said only the Davao City Special Education (SpEd) School in Bangkal and Christian College of Southern Asia started classes on June 1, while Davao Christian School and St. Peter's College started their classes June 2 and 3, respectively.

The LTFRB-Davao teams also assured that the school buses are not more than 15-year-old in line with the Department of Transportation and Communication's modernization program.

"We also concentrate on the school transport providers with regards to their documents, franchises -- if it is still valid -- including the driver's license and the safety of the school transport vehicles," Violan said.

Violan also reminded motorists to abide with the stop and go signs mounted outside schools to avoid any road accidents. He said the LTFRB is very strict in implementing the rules and regulations. (ICT)