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Zambo City, Zambo Sur, has developed a free ride program.

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines β€” To assist mitigate the effects of the global economic downturn, the government began the Service Contracting Program Phase 3 here and in Zamboanga del Sur on Tuesday.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board collaborated on the program, which is also known as “Libreng Sakay (Free Ride)” (LTFRB).

According to the two organizations in a statement released Tuesday on the city government’s Facebook page, “Libreng Sakay” intends to assist transport operators, drivers, and commuters who are affected by the health pandemic and rising gasoline prices.

Both agencies inked a contract with the D’Biel Transportation Company, Inc. and AA Starlight Express Corporation for the implementation of the program here and in Zamboanga del Sur, according to LTFRB Regional Director Johnson Almazan.

D’Biel Transportation Company, Inc. will provide 10 buses to operate the route from Zamboanga City Public Market to Labuan through Ayala and vice versa, as part of the deal.

In the province of Zamboanga del Sur, AA Starlight Express Corporation will also field 10 buses to serve the route from Pagadian City to Midsalip via Molave and vice versa.

Almazan stated that the Libreng Sakay initiative will be expanded to include an additional 20 routes in this city, as well as three routes in Zamboanga del Norte.

“We’ll be adding more routes to the program in the coming days,” he said.

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