CSBT expects 40T home-bound passengers in time for May 13 polls

With the May 13 midterm elections just a few days shy, the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) management has once again sought the help of the local government units (LGUs) from southern Cebu in providing convenience to the home-bound commuters.

CSBT Chief Jonathan Tumulak said that LGUs may send their government-issued buses to help transport passengers who will vote on Monday, May 13. This will be similar to other major occasions like the recent Holy Week where many passengers who could no longer be accommodated in public utility buses were transported through the government service vehicles.

Tumulak said they are expecting about 30,000 to 40,000 individuals who will come to the terminal this weekend to catch a ride to their hometowns in time for the elections day.

He said there are only about 300 buses available in the terminal on that day, which cannot accommodate the volume of passengers that the CSBT is expecting.

“Ubay-ubay gyud di maigo kay 300 ra man ni ka mga bus ang ato diri sa terminal, mao nga di gyud kaigo sa gidaghanon sa volume sa mga pasahero. So katong niaging mahal na adlaw dako gyud kaayo’g tabang ang mga sakyanan gikan sa mga LGU nga nakahakot sila sa mga pasahero,” said Tumulak.

Tumulak assured that his office will help the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in strictly monitoring that the deployed government-issued vehicles will not be used to boost a politician’s interests.

Just like in the Holy Week, he said the buses deployed by the LGUs were subjected to an inspection by the CSBT personnel to make sure that these were free of any campaign materials.

“Tingali unya’g tungod sa kakuwang sa mga sakyan, tingali unya’g di sila makabotar so mao na moawhag mi sa mga local government units sama niadtong mga sakyan gikan sa LGU ilang ipada dinhi sa terminal. Unya kami mismo sa terminal motabang mi sa Comelec sa pagbantay nga ang tanang sakyanan nga ilang ipada wala gyuy campaign materials,” said Tumulak.

He clarified that buses sent by the LGUs will only be used once there are no more buses available inside the terminal.

The Cebu Provincial Government will also deploy two buses to CSBT this weekend.

Since the Ceres Liner has 200 buses inside the terminal, Tumulak discussed with the company’s management on the possible concern on lack of bus drivers.

“Nakigsabot ko sa mga taga-Ceres nga kung mahimo katong mga driver, mao man kuno na ilang gibuhat sauna nga mobotar gyud ang driver, mohunong sila unya priority sila nga mouna mobotar unya dritso (balik) sa mga pasahero (nga naghuwat sa bus). Mao na naandan gibuhat,” said Tumulak.

Tumulak requested to the Capitol to deploy additional employees to help them inside the terminal and police officers from the provincial and Cebu City police offices for security matters.

“Nag-request pud ta og mga support gikan sa Cebu City Goverment. Example mogamit ta sa ilang mga railings, mogamit ta og mga portalets (or portable toilets) ug uban pa,” he added.

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