DAVAO CITY (PIA) - The city government of Davao has allocated P100 million as initial fund to finance the implementation of a new city-wide bus system.
The budget is included in the Supplemental Budget 1 which is expected to be passed by the city council on the third and final reading.
This followed an announcement by Mayor Sara Duterte on the program "Give Us This Day" television program of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy early this month regarding the start of the bus system.
"For this year, nagbudget ta ug (we budgeted) P100 million from the funds of the city government to fund the bus system," Duterte said in the program.
The mayor is pushing the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) which would entail city buses to service major transport routes in the city.
The HPBS aims to decongest traffic, lower carbon footprint and provide convenience and comfort to commuters.
The modern bus system is part of the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project which would be funded by the Asian Development Bank. The ADB has allotted $70 million to the project.
Currently the city has what is known as Peak Hours Augmentation Bus System (PHABS), which utilizes city buses to ferry passengers in underserved high commuter routes. The airconditioned and spacious buses has been a hit among passengers, building up the clamor for the establishment of such transport system in the city.
A city bus is a type of bus designed for short distance public transport, it has large multiple doors, spacious, airconditioned, and has a low floor for easy access.
The City Transportation and Traffic Management Office in June has identified pilot routes for the new bus system. The initial routes are Catalunan Grande going to downtown Davao City, and the Carlos P. Garcia Highway going to the Philippine Ports Authority office in Sasa.
According to Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, city council committee chairperson on finance, ways and means, and appropriations, the P100 million under SB-1 will be for the interim bus terminals--one in the south and another in the northern part of the city. (PIA-11)