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Davao firm to invest P100M for tourist buses

Posted on October 05, 2016

DAVAO CITY -- Local bus operator Davao Metro Shuttle is allocating P100 million to acquire premium buses that will ply routes with stops at tourist destinations that are not covered by regular public utility buses (PUBs).

“We will be preparing up to 50 buses for the Go Mindanao program, but we will start with 20 buses first,” Davao Metro Shuttle President De Carlo L. Uy said in an interview after the signing last Friday of a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Tourism.

Metro Shuttle currently operates 180 PUBs within the Davao Region.

The planned tourist buses, with an estimated cost of P5 million each, will be bigger and more luxurious with various amenities, including a Wi-Fi service.

Mr. Uy said these Go Mindanao tourist buses, with Davao City as hub, are intended “to boost local tourism and to help provide business and livelihood to the community.”

Mr. Uy said they have already identified several destinations with the initial route being considered is along the Davao-Bukidnon-Cagayan de Oro highway, which has several tourism destinations in between.

“The buses will leave on a scheduled time with an interval of one hour, which could later be adjusted to 30 minutes regardless of the number of passengers,” he said.

The company is already coordinating with the concerned government offices to get the necessary permits.

If permits are fast-tracked, Mr. Uy said the Go Mindanao tourist buses could start operating by March 2017.

Eden L. David, officer-in-charge of the Tourism Department in Mindanao, said the project is part of the goal to improve air and land connectivity.

Ms. David said tourism has “a very big impact in the community and the Mindanao Go project will help in promoting inclusive growth in the countryside.” -- Carmencita A. Carillo