DAVAO CITY (PIA) - The High Priority Bus System (HPBS) of the City Government of Davao is slowly turning into a reality with the launching of two new low-floor, low-entry Volvo buses that will ply the Calinan- Davao City downtown route.
Each bus can seat 41 passengers, it is airconditioned and has GPS, seven CCTV cameras, has a free wifi system and has television for entertainment. It also has ramps designed to be easily accessible for Persons with Disability (PWD) passengers.
Another innovative feature of the new buses is that it accepts cashless payment which will provide convenience to passengers.
"Initially we will put it, kung asa makapalit ang cards kung asa mi mag terminal (People can buy the cards where the buses will have their terminals)", says Oyo Uy, president of Metro Shuttle Bus said.
The reloadable beep card will be introduced in these two buses. Around 200 beep cards were given to the passengers of the buses.
The two buses are under the Annil Transport company which was acquired by Metro Shuttle Bus Company last year.
"This is the first ever Volvo buses in Davao City and maybe in Mindanao," Uy said.
Davao City Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the Sanggunian Panglungsod (City Council) Committee on Transportation said the two buses is one of the many that will arrive to serve the city's commuters.
"The Mayor herself really wants to have modernization in our City," Baluran said.
The High Priority Bus System is one of the priority programs of the City Government which will replace the public utility vehicles plying the main thoroughfares in Davao City.
Six terminals for HPBS
According to Atty. Dwight Tristan Domingo, assistant city administrator of Davao City, they will be establishing six terminals for the HPBS. The three major terminals will be in Calinan, Toril and Bunawan while depot terminals will be in the downton area, Buhangin and Bago.
Under the terminal scheme, the provincial buses will be only allowed at the major terminals (Calinan, Toril and Bunawan) only the HPBS buses will be allowed to serve the routes inside Davao proper.
According to Domingo, this will alleviate the congestion brought about by provincial passenger buses which are currently using the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal in Ecoland (DCOTT).
The budget for the terminals will be taken from the P650-million allocated by Congress as a social pension fund for the HPBS. (PIA/RG Alama)