More Cebu City Jeepney Routes to Reopen Soon

Labella Jeepney
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella. (Photo from Cebu City PIO)

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said more jeepney routes in the city will open soon but appealed to commuters to be patient as the government is still in the process of making guidelines to ensure health protocols are implemented.

“We’re just trying to formulate guidelines so that there will be strict implementation. We are really preventing the surge of cases like what’s happening in Manila,” said Labella.

Labella said the city government is implementing safety measures as one of the reasons for the surge of cases in Metro Manila is the lack of proper guidelines in traditional jeepneys. The mayor said he does not want a similar situation to occur in the city.

The Jeepney Task Force earlier recommended for the reopening of all PUJ routes in Cebu City but still no approval has been issued.

Task force head Councilor James Anthony Cuenco said some bus units have pulled out of the city and are slowly returning to their respective provincial routes, which means the number of buses in the city would be lesser.

The pull out of some buses greatly affects the commuters who, in the current situation, depend on buses for their transportation needs. Labella, however, stressed that modern jeepneys managed by different cooperatives are already plying the city streets.

“If the buses will go back to the provinces, we have also our modern jeepneys that are very comfortable and are already plying the city streets. But, let us also look into the plight of the traditional jeepneys,” Labella told reporters. –

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