June 17, 2024

The city government has completed the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP).
The LPTRP will be the blueprint of the road network and details of the required mode and number of public utility vehicles to serve the city.
It will be the comprehensive basis for an effective delivery of public land transport service in the city.
The Traffic and Transportation Management Division (TTMD) of the City Engineering Office said the LPTRP is compliant with the guidelines set by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Cordillera.
In compliance with Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of Tourism memorandum circular 1 s. 2017, the city council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance adopting the city’s LPTRP.
The adoption of the LPTRP will pave the way for the consolidation of nume-rous and replicated routes of public utility jeepneys (PUJs) into 28 routes with six additional development routes, leading to a more systematic management and monitoring by the concerned government agencies.
The rationalized routes and additional development routes are as follows:
Mines View Line with 83 authorized units, Navy Base-Pacdal Liteng Line (66), Padcal Maria Basa-Tiptop Line (33), Country Club-Lucban-Happy Hallow Line (46), Loakan Airport-EPZA Line (85), PNR-Green Water-Military Cut Off-Hillside-Gabriela Silang-Dagsian Line (45), Camp John Hay-Scout Barrio (50), BGH-Campo Sioco Line (42), City Camp District Line (47), PMA-Kias Line (82), Kennon Line (158), Bakakeng Line (113), Crystal Cave Line (37), Dontogan Line (100), Palispis-Sto Nino-Kitma Line (28)-Guisad Valley Line (29), Fairview Line (31), Pinsao Pilot Line (30), Asin San Luis Line (93), Lourdes Dominican Line (30), Quezon Hill Line (65), San Carlos Heights Line (67), Quirino Highway Line (116), Quirino Hill Line (51), Pinget Line (46), Aurora Hill District Line (150), Trancovill District Line (154) Honeymoon-Holyghost Brookside Line (31);
Circumferential Line 1: (Quirino Highway-Munoz Drive-Asin Road-Puyat Avenue-Palispis Highway- Balacbac Bakakeng Camp & Bypass Road-Kennon Road-Yandoc Street-Chuntug Street-Abanao Street-Quirino Highway-Vice Versa) (8);
Circumferential Line 2: (Buhagan Road-Magsaysay Avenue-M. Roxas Road-Leonard Wood Road-Poblete Drive-South Drive-Loakan Road-Kenon Road-Vice Versa) (8);
Tourism Line 1 Mines View: Westbound – Mines View-Outlook Drive-Romulo Drive-Leonard Wood Road-Upper Session Road-T Kalaw Street-Harrison Road-Gov Pack Road-UP Drive. Eastbound – UP Drive-T Kalaw Street-Session Road-North Drive-Leonard Wood Road-Gibraltar Road-Mines View) (4);
Tourism Line 2 Camp John Hay-PMA: Northbound – PMA-CJH-Loakan Road-Session Road Extension-T Kalaw Street-Harrison Road-Gov Pack Road-UP Drive. Southbound – UP Drive-T Kalaw Street-Session Road Extension-Loakan Road-CJH-PMA) (4);
Tourism Line 3 Lourdes Grotto-Mirador: Eastbound – Dominican Road-Quirino Highway-Yandoc Street- Chuntug street-Salvosa Drive-Shanum Street-Lake Drive. Westbound – Lake Drive-Shanum Street-Baustista Drive-Chuntug Street-Abanao Road-Quirino Highway-Tacay Road-Longlong Road) (4); and
Tourism Line 4 Tam-awan Village: Southbound – Longlong Road-Tacay Road-Quirino Highway-Yandoc Street-Chuntug Street-Salvosa Drive-Shanum Street-Lake Drive. Northbound – Lake Drive-Shanum Street-Bautista Drive-Chuntug Street-Abanao Road-Quirino Highway-Tacay Road-Longlong Road).
The LPTRP will also provide commuters with a convenient mode of transportation and broader and accessible routes from home to destination and vice versa.
It will provide PUJ operators and drivers equitable income and benefits in accordance with laws, rules, and regulations.
According to the proposed ordinance, the LPTRP can be modified, amended, expanded, or updated, such as by shortening, extending, or changing the routes, any time during its effectivity as determined by the TTMD or any authorized office to be created to suit the transportation demands and development requirements of the city in accordance with rules and regulations.
The proposed ordinance stated all franchises issued under the LPTRP will be granted only to qualified operators in accordance with rules and regulations under a fully transparent, competitive, and equitable selection process where the primary consideration will be the interest of the public.
The proposed ordinance also stipulated the LTFRB shall impose appropriate sanctions or penalties, including the suspension or cancellation of the franchise against any operator who will violate the LPTRP or commit any act inimical to the interest of the public. – Jordan G. Habbiling