New LTFRB 11 RD to meet with bus firms for city’s HBPS project

Newly-installed regional director of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 11 (LTFRB 11) Nonito “Dondon” Llanos III said the planned interim bus project, the early phase of the Davao City’s High Priority Bus System (HPBS), will be his immediate priority.

Llanos said he will be focusing on the existing programs of the department specifically on the collaboration with the city government of Davao such as the HBPS. In fact, he will be meeting with the management of the two bus companies, Davao Metro Shuttle Corporation and the Bachelor Express Inc, a Mindanao-based bus company, for the said project on Tuesday.

The two bus firms are bidding for Davao City’s interim bus service.

“It was mentioned to me by my technical head na sila daw ang takers, so I presume pasada na but I still need to check the specifics so that I will be able to give verified information,” Llanos said in a text message.

The project aims to replace all jeepneys along major roads. The Metro Shuttle Corp. is applying for one of the initial three routes up for bidding covering Catalunan Grande-downtown, while the Bachelor Express bid to serve the Toril-Downtown route.

Llanos, who was also the concurrent regional director of LTFRB- Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office (LTFRB-RFRO 11), was installed early this month with the installation ceremony held at the new LTFRB 11 Building in Libby Road, Puan, Davao City. The ceremony was graced by LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III, LTO Regional Director Neil Caňedo and HPG Regional Director Police Colonel Bobby Abao.

The new building, which has an area of 7,024 square meters, features a 4-storey office building, PUV Drivers Academy Hall, sealing/resealing area, inspection and impounding area.

The new office building is set to be operational by January 18, 2021.
With these new facility, LTFRB 11 looks forward to provide a better and more convenient public service to its transport stakeholders.