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Ako Bicol Rep. Garbin rides bus going to Manila amid MMDA’s total provincial bus ban on EDSA

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Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin rode a bus going to Manila from Bicol amid the total provincial bus ban policy along EDSA of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Garbin said that he was relieved that passengers were still dropped in Cubao amid dry run of the controversial policy.

“Hindi na bago saakin ang pagsakay ng bus papuntang Maynila, kung kaya’t minarapat kong sumakay dito sa kabila ng pangambang ipinatutupad na ang ‘Provincial Bus Ban’ sa EDSA,” Garbin said.

“Naibsan ang ating pag-aalala nang kami po lahat ay ibinaba parin sa Cubao at ang ipinagbabawal lamang sa kasalukuyan ay ang pagbababa ng pasahero sa EDSA, kung saan ay naging Point to Point ang aming naging biyahe,” he added.

Under the new MMDA policy, provincial buses will end their trips at the Valenzuela Gateway Complex Integrated Terminal while those from the south will end their trips at the South Integrated Terminal in Sta. Rosa Laguna.

Ako Bicol Partylist solons earlier filed a resolution at the House of Representatives expressing their opposition on total provincial bus ban.

Rep. Ronald S. Ang and Rep Garbin, through House Resolution 2536, noted that the ban on buses was implemented without even conducting a consultation with the affected stakeholders.

The partylist congressmen also said that there’s no proof that the traffic along EDSA is “directly correlated” to the existence of provincial buses traversing

“Sabay-sabay parin po nating antabayanan ang maaaring maging pagbabago sa mga darating na araw kasunod ng dry-run ng nasabing batas,” Garbin said.