Ceres’ Tagbilaran-Panglao trips to resume

The Southern Star Bus Transit, Inc. (SSBTI) will resume its Tagbilaran City-Panglao operations on Wednesday after an over yearlong hiatus, said an official of the company.

According to SSBTI administrative manager Fritzie Labastilla, the bus firm has secured all of the documents required by the local government unit (LGU) of Panglao to reopen the route.

The SSBTI management was expected to initially use four buses, instead of the previously planned seven, to service the route.


“Dili pa mi sure og dunganon ba gyud na namo basin og upat ka [bus] sa lang,” said Labastilla.

All of the four buses allocated for the Tagbilaran-Panglao route were ordinary non-air-conditioned units, she added.

However, the SSBTI official did not announce yet their schedule for the trips.

“Apil pa na sa amoang i-finalize ang time sched,” she said.

The bus firm had previously announced that it will resume its Panglao operations in May, but SSBTI branch manager Efren Balina earlier said that they were delayed in the processing of requirements.

The resumption of the trips was projected to benefit students and employees who travel to school or work in Tagbilaran City on a daily basis.

Panglao has been seen to lack adequate transportation which has prompted the LGU to accept the entry of bus companies into the town as stipulated in an ordinance passed by the municipal government.

The LGU earlier said that it will allow the entry of new public transportation groups as long as they secure necessary documents. (R. Tutas)

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