South bus terminal exec to tap LGUs to help transport 40K voters to hometowns

By: Gerard Vincent Francisco May 03,2019 - 04:33 PM

 

 

Passengers bound for southern Cebu wait at the Cebu South Bus Terminal in Cebu City for buses early morning of Saturday, April 13, weekend before the Holy Week. | CDN Digital file photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) management is again tapping the local government units (LGUs) in southern Cebu to help provide transport to the expected 30,000 to 40,000 commuters going home to vote for the May 13 elections.

Jonathan Tumulak, CSBT manager, said that they would need the LGUs help like what they did during the Holy Week where they provided buses for stranded passengers at the terminal.

Read more: CSBT management eyes use of LGU buses to help ferry Holy Week travellers

Tumulak said that he would be expecting those 30,000 to 40,000 passengers to fill the terminals from Friday, May 10, 2019, to Monday, May 13.

Read more: Holy Week 2019: Free bus rides to some of Cebu’s towns, cities offered at Cebu South Bus Terminal

He said that the 300 buses at the CSBT would not be enough for the expected volume of passengers.

“Para makabotar gyud ang tanan, tingali tungod sa kakuwang sa sakyanan, tingalig dili sila ka botar,” Tumulak said.

(So that all can vote. Perhaps because of the lack of buses, they cannot vote.)

Read more: Comelec to test, seal VCMs on May 10

He said that they would also help the Commission on Election (Comelec) by making sure that the buses provided by the LGUs would not have any campaign materials.

Tumulak said that once the buses would arrive, they would already be inspected as soon as they would enter the terminal. 

“Mutabang mi sa Comelec para dili gamiton sa personal gikan sa mga candidato,” said Tumulak. 

(We will help the Comelec by making sure that the buses provided would not be used for personal gain by the election candidates.)

Read more: Comelec tells local candidates to start removing all prohibited campaign materials

He also said that the bus drivers transporting commuters from the CSBT would reportedly be ginven priority when voting and their routes would be made to favor where their respective voting precincts would be located.

The May 2019 elections will be on May 13, 2019. /dbs

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