LTFRB, LTO: bus terminals ‘peaceful’ during Undas

THE head of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Northern Mindanao said no major violations and incidents were reported during their inspection of bus terminals in Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday, November 1.

LTFRB-Northern Mindanao Director Aminoden Guro said aside from some buses caught overloading, no other incidents of consequence occurred as well as no road accidents were reported.

"So far no problem. Average ang passengers karon, medyo minus-minus," Guro said.

Buses caught overloading, Guro said, were prevented from leaving the terminals until the excess passengers disembarked from the buses.

Guro said the number of people traveling out of the city on Wednesday, November 1, were lesser than the number of passengers that the LTFRB personnel observed on Tuesday.

This was echoed by Hubert Naces, law enforcement officer of the operations division of Land Transportation Office (LTO), saying that there are more people in the arriving back to Cagayan de Oro than going out of the city.

"Kay siguro naa may trabaho ugma, among na-obserbahan mas daghan ang sa arrival. Karon sa departure, daghan gyapon pero dili ingon nga daghan gyud kaayo kay nag byahe naman gyud niadtong Saturday og Sunday, although naa'y gyapon ga-byahe pauli pero karon daghan gyapon ang namauli dinhi sa Cagayan para trbaho ugma (Its probably because there's work tomorrow, November 2, and we observed that there several passengers in the arrival area. In the departure, there is still a number of passengers going out of the city but not that many since some already took the trip out of the city last Saturday and Sunday)," Naces said.

The law enforcement officer said compared to 2016, bus terminals were generally peaceful this year, adding that there were reported stampedes caused by passengers pushing and shoving to get on board the buses last year.

Aside from inspecting the engines and accessories of buses, Naces said bus drivers also underwent breath analysis to rule out drunk drivers. None were found, Naces said. Intoxicated drivers would have faced suspension, he said.

More guards were also hired by bus companies to check the belongings of passengers before boarding.

The LTO started their inspection of bus terminals on October 27 and will end on November 5.
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