1 thousand Cebu health personnel benefit from OPAV buses
OPAV first launched the free transportation service in March during the first ECQ after Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, saw it difficult for frontliners to report for duty and to go home after work in the absence of public transportation.
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1 thousand Cebu health personnel benefit from OPAV buses
Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - July 8, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Around 1,000 health workers from Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) and nearby hospitals are benefiting from the ongoing free daily bus service initiated by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV).

The Malasakit Bus ni Tatay at Kuya, supported by President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong Go, designs to provide transportation for the frontliners during this period of enhanced community quarantine.

OPAV first launched the free transportation service in March during the first ECQ after Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, saw it difficult for frontliners to report for duty and to go home after work in the absence of public transportation.

OPAV again deployed 10 buses starting June 17, five days after the bus service stopped when Cebu was placed under general community quarantine anew. The bus service starts at 5 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

These buses serve four routes: From Fuente Osmeña to SM Consolacion in the North; South up to Minglanilla Plaza; West up to Barangay Marigondon in Lapu-Lapu City; and East up to Talamban Gym in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City.

 Each Malasakit bus operates six trips a day, three trips early in the morning and another three in the afternoon and evening. This meant that there are 60 Malasakit bus trips every day.

During the first ECQ, OPAV deployed 12 Malasakit buses to serve the four routes since no public transportation was allowed to operate.

OPAV launched the Malasakit Bus ni Tatay at Kuya on March 19, 2020 in partnership with Vallacar Transit Inc.

In a statement, OPAV said that the Cristina Lee Dino Foundation shoulders the gasoline expenses and the salary of the drivers of the Malasakit buses. LPM (FREEMAN)

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