THE trips of Ceres buses operated by the Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) between Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental may resume soon, an official said.
Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator lawyer Rayfrando Diaz II confirmed Wednesday, October 20, that there were negotiations already between the provincial government and VTI over the proposed resumption of bus trips between the two Negros provinces.
Diaz said the management of VTI wanted to resume bus trips in order to cater to fully vaccinated individuals.
Earlier in 2021, the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental came close to approving the resumption of the bus trips going to and from Negros Oriental.
However, it was immediately shelved due to the threat of the Delta variant of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
For now, Diaz said they need the approval of the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental for the bus trips to resume.
Based on the initial conditions for bus travelers, all fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to travel between the two provinces, while unvaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result.
As with the proposed regulations set by the provincial government of Negros Occidental previously, the trips will be point-to-point, Diaz said.
This means that the bus will not be allowed to take in new passengers while traveling, while the passengers are not allowed to disembark until reaching the terminal of their destination.
The VTI is set to present its travel resumption proposal with Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo.