DAVAO City Mayor-elect Sebastian Z. Duterte said the city will double its efforts for the completion of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS).

“The preparation of the High Priority Bus System is now in full swing and the city will double its efforts for the fast completion of this project, Dabawenyos are soon to enjoy a modern and efficient transport system that does not only provide comfort but also space economic growth,” Duterte said during his message after his oath-taking ceremony.

Duterte said that the HPBS is initiated by the outgoing Mayor and now the Vice-President Elect Sara Duterte.

“Kining HPBS mao ni ang binuhat ni Mayor Inday Sara Duterte (This HPBS is initiated by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte),” Duterte said.

Earlier this year, Sara Duterte said they plan to proceed with the bidding for the other components of the project including the 1,000 units for the bus fleet, which includes at least 300 electric 18-meter buses.

The depot for the electric buses is part of Contract Package 4 of the HPBS, according to the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) Pre-Bid Conference Presentation. Sasa in the north and St. Nino in the south will serve as its depots.

The electric buses are planned to serve routes in the central business district of the city based on DOTr’s presentation.

The HPBS is eyed to have 29 routes, totaling 672 kilometers in its route network. KSD