DAVAO CITY Feb. 5 (PIA) — The Davao Interim Bus System or DIBS was formally launched yesterday (Feb. 4) with the pilot route along Carlos P. Garcia Highway or more known as Diversion Road.
"With the interim bus system project, we hope to bring convenience and ease of transport to the riding public thru the deployment of buses in selected areas," City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said during her speech at the ceremonial opening of the project held at junction Libby Road and Diversion Road Extension (Bypass Road).
The C.P. Garcia route will involve 24 bus stops being serviced by 14 new modern low-floor buses of the Metro Shuttle Bus company.
The route will cover Talomo-Puan Bypass Road/Libby Road junction to McArthur Highway Ulas Bypass Road then proceeding to C.P. Garcia (Diversion Road) reaching Petron Gasoline station at the end of the Diversion Road then turning right towards the Philippine Ports Authority office beside Port of Davao (Sasa Wharf).
The DIBS will operate from 6:00AM to 7:00PM. Bus intervals will be every 16-20 minutes.
The DIBS is projected to be the start of the Davao City’s flagship transportation modernization program, the High Priority Bus System or HPBS which is being prioritized by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
"If you are a chief executive, one of your checklist is to make sure that there is safe and convenient public transportation for the residents of the area," the City Mayor said.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio recalled that she broached this project to city officials when she came back as Mayor in 2016.
She reiterated that the biggest component of the DIBS and the HPBS will be the social development program for the jeepney drivers who will be affected by the bus system.
"We assured them (jeepney drivers and operators) the City Government of Davao even if it is looking forward to transportation modernization we extend help and still reach out to jeepney drivers and operators," Mayor Duterte-Carpio said.
De Carlo Oyo Uy, CEO of Metro Shuttle Corporation said the DIBS will help ease the plight of Dabawenyo commuters.
"This will give them a more comfortable mode of travel as they go along the city," Uy said.
Uy said that the bus will be having a cashless payment option for the buses.
Meanwhile Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chair Atty. Martin Delgra III said the city’s DIBS and HPBS is part of the country’s transportation modernization program and whose success will be realized in collaboration with all stakeholders.
Delgra cited DIBS as a strong initiative of the city which has slowly becoming a reality.
After the initial CP Garcia route, the Catalunan Grande and Toril DIBS routes will soon be opened. (PIA/RG Alama)