By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The provincial government of Negros Oriental has allowed the resumption of bus trips to Negros Occidental after the province was downgraded to the less restrictive Alert Level 2 status.
Bimbo Miraflor, spokesperson fo
r the Negros Oriental capitol, said Governor Roel Degamo yesterday signed Executive Order No. 44 adopting the guidelines of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF).
Because of this, Vallacar Transit Incorporated (VTI) is now allowed to resume bus trips plying the Dumaguete City-Bacolod City route, provided travelers comply with travel requirements.
Based on travel requirements from Negros Occidental, travelers are required to register via the S-PaSS system and present their valid vaccination card or a negative RT-PCR test result at least 72 hours prior to departure.
Negros Oriental, meanwhile, requires a photocopy of the traveler’s vaccination card for fully-vaccinated individuals and government-issued ID, while unvaccinated travelers are required to present a negative antigen or RT-PCR test result valid at least 48 hours after release as well as government-issued ID.
Miraflor said entry and exit points between the two provinces will be limited between the town of Mabinay, Negros Oriental in the south and San Carlos City, Negros Occidental to the north.
Negros Occidental, meanwhile, has yet to release its own statement regarding the resumption of trips, although Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said talks are still ongoing with VTI.
He also affirmed that VTI has added a proposal to accommodate at least 70 percent of the total seating capacity of the vehicle.
Based on the previous proposals to resume bus travel between two provinces, the trips will be point-to-point, meaning the bus will not be allowed to take in new passengers in between destinations.
Passengers are also not allowed to disembark until reaching the terminal of destination./DGB, WDJ