By Lailani P. Tupaz
NAVAL, Biliran — Starting March 15, 2021, a modern and comfortable bus will start its regular trip from Naval to Tacloban and vice versa.
The Visayas Liner, owned by the Visayas Ventures Inc. from Leyte, aims to provide safe and comfortable ride with its two-seater column with 37-seater capacity.
During a presscon in Ormoc City, Rainier Mancera, president of the Visayas Ventures Inc., said the bus has sa TV, Wi-Fi, charger, a comfort room, and manned by trained drivers and conductors.
Aside from entertainment, the bus has a global positioning system (GPS) for the operator to monitor its travel particularly the speed of the bus, Mancera said.
Coping with the pandemic to avoid frequent close contacts, shortchanging in paying fares, and in compliance to the national government’s PUV modernization program, Visayas Liner is into a cashless transaction using the TRIPKO card.
For Naval riding public on its first regular trip on Monday, March 15, a ticketing station is installed at the Naval Terminal where free TRIPKO cards are provided. Passengers may load for a minimum of P300 to a maximum of P5,000.
The TRIPKO card is not only valid for the Naval-Tacloban trip of Visayas Liner but is also valid for use in all other modern public utility vehicles all over the country.
Free TRIPKO cards are also available at Robinsons Marasbaras Terminal and Robinsons Place Ormoc Terminal, according to Mancera.
Ormoc-Tacloban and Tacloban-Ormoc trips also start regular trips on March 15 with the following schedules: Ormoc to Tacloban and Tacloban to Ormoc – 5 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m, and 5 p.m.
The Naval to Tacloban and Tacloban to Naval trip schedules are as follows: 5 a.m., 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Visayas Liner was officially launched in Ormoc City on March 12, 2021, and in Naval on November 13, 2020. (ldl/mlt/PIA8 Biliran)