COTABATO CITY: The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed Rural Transit Mindanao Incorporated (RTMI) to ply for the route from Cagayan de Oro City to Cotabato City and vice versa, according to reports reaching Philippine Muslim Today.
The reports said RTMI is preparing its passenger’s buses to ply for the route from Cagayan de Oro City that will pass through Talakag in Bukidnon, the towns of Banisilan, Alamada, Libungan and Pigcawayan in North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao to Cotabato City.
John Del Castillo, RTMI Branch Manager in Cagayan de Oro (Bulua Branch), said it is easier for the commuting public from the two cities going to one another since the route has been shortened.
He said the City of Cotabato has also approved for RTMI to travel to the city (for this route.)
Meanwhile, North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco saw this as good news and as a boost to the economy.
Gov. Catamco met on Monday Del Castillo, RTMI Area Supervisor Dominic Aranio and Legal officer Celer Estologa who personally informed her of the details of the route.
She asked the RTMI officials for the strict compliance of health protocol to ensure the protection of the passengers.
She also asked them to coordinate with local officials of the towns in (North Cotabato) covered by this route.
RTMI officials thanked the governor for her support to the transportation sector.
RTMI which is based in Cagayan de Oro City is a sister company of Mindanao Star Bus Transport Incorporated (MSBTI) which is based in Cotabato City.
It is expected that RTMI buses will start plying for the route next week and the fare from CDO to Cotabato City is P541.00.