(SPOT.ph) You may be familiar with e-jeepneys plying the streets of Metro Manila bearing huge signs "Libreng Sakay." This is part of the Department of Transportation's Service Contracting Program Phase 3, which was launched on April 11. Aside from providing free rides for commuters, it also aims to financially support transport workers by providing weekly performance-based incentives based on the number of trips they make per week. This program has also been rolled out in various parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. And yes, that includes Baguio City, a well-known tourist spot where travelers can go from one place to another by just hopping on one of the e-jeeps.
According to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in the Cordillera Administrative Region, up to 76 modernized public utility jeepneys ply the following routes on a daily basis as part of the Service Contracting Program:
- Baguio Plaza - Trancoville
- Baguio Plaza - Aurora Hill
- Bontoc – Bauko, Mt Province
- Ambayao - La Chesa, Baguio City
- Baguio City - La Trinidad
- Baguio Plaza - BGH - Campo Sioco
- Baguio Plaza – Camp 8- Poliwes- San Vicente
Last week, May 20, a TikTok video reminding everyone about this "unlimited free ride" has gone viral. The post by @denny.mae said: "Promise ang laking tipid namin dito. [Five times] a day ata kami for [four] days stay namin." The post has since reached more than 100,000 likes and more than 5,000 shares.
Phase 3 of the Service Contracting Program is expected to run until December or "until all the funds allotted are exhausted."
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