THE city government is set to implement the Peak Hours Augmentation Bus Service (PHABS) in four areas for increasing numbers of passengers unserved by existing public utility vehicles. The PHABS, which will cover the Toril, Catalunan Grande, Mintal and Cabantian areas, will be implemented as soon as it gets the nod of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulator Board (LTFRB) XI. “PHABS was initially initiated for the Toril Route and Catalunan Grande Route but we included the Mintal and Cabantian areas due to the suggestions made by several agencies and concerned citizens,” City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) Chief Dionisio Abude said, adding that six buses will be deployed for each route. “The deployed buses are expected to charge the regular rate for buses which is P10 for the first 5 kilometers and P2.20 per kilometer,” Mr. Abude said. LTFRB issued a Memorandum Circular on Friday that will pave the way for the processing of the application of bus companies that will augment public transportation services in Toril and Catalunan Grande. “The application will be open until all the 20 buses will be complete. The approval will come from the central office in Manila,” LTFRB XI Director lawyer Cattleya Acaylar said. — Carmencita A. Carillo